Austria has a huge number of old rural festivals, many of which have pagan roots. And with the amount of various festivals of classic music, Opera and theatre country there are few competitors in the world.
Prepare to welcome Christmas begin in early December with Christkindlmarkt – typical festive markets opened almost all cities and towns of the country. The biggest of them opening directly in front of the Vienna town hall, but no less famous fairs Domplatz in Salzburg and the Old town of Innsbruck. On the eve of St. Nicholas Day (6 December) festive procession in Innsbruck, and on the night of 5 December the Saint himself accompanied by Krampus (Austrian mythical character – traits that accompanies Santa Claus on Christmas and punishing naughty children) and sometimes angels passes at home with gifts for children. Meanwhile, dressed in costumes of devils (Krampuslaufen) run through the streets, portraying the evil spirits fleeing the righteous Saint.
Christmas (Weihnachten) in Austria – a quiet family holiday. Only on Christmas Eve, when finally distributed the gifts, crowds of people take to the streets with Psalms and go from house to house, symbolizing the three kings coming to Bethlehem. Left marks on the doors with chalk (usually three letters K, M and B, which denotes the names of the three Continue reading