Traditionally carved Krampus masks, © Tirol Werbung/Lea Neuhauser
Traditionally carved Krampus masks, © Tirol Werbung/Lea Neuhauser

Krampus and Saint Nicholas processions in Sellrain

Sellrain, 30.11.2019

The tradition of "Tuiflgian", as Krampus processions are known in the Sellrain Valley to the west of Innsbruck, disappeared for many years before being revived by locals in 2004. Today, the "Sellroaner Tuifllauf" and the arrival of Saint Nicholas are annual highlights.

"Krampusse", "Passen" and "Perchten" are three of the terms used to refer to the devilish beings who traditionally accompany Saint Nicholas in early December when he comes to hand out presents to children who have been good. In the Sellrain Valley to the west of Innsbruck they are known by the dialect word "Tuifl", meaning "devils". The "Sellroaner Tuifllauf", as the annual procession is known, takes place this year on 30 November. The action begins at 17:00 in the Melach Arena in Sellrain with the arrival of Saint Nicholas. At 18:00 the several groups of "devils" from the nearby villages come into the arena with their heavy animals hides and fearsome masks. There is even a group of "young devils". Once the procession is over there is food and refreshments in a heated tent.

The Krampus procession in Sellrain, © Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner
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