Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria and South Tyrol during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.
In the aftermath of the 1934 Austrian Civil War, the Krampus tradition was prohibited by the Dollfuss regime under the the Fatherland Front (Vaterländische Front) and the Christian Social Party but the tradition returned after the end of World War II.
Οι άγριες φωτό, στο βικιάρθρο. Εδώ, κατευθείαν από τις τσέπες μικρών και μεγάλων:
Όπως βλέπετε επίσης, ο άγιος είναι Νικόλαος, επίσκοπος, όχι Santa Claus αμερικάνικος...