5th Dec. 2013: Nikolaus celebration in Villa Germia

 

Krampus.

Also this year Mrs. Roswitha Brieger, president of OeKG, told the children the Nikolaus story in German, translated into Albanian language by Berta HAMZA and even though the microphone was not working properly the majority of the children listened attentatively. The Krampus story was told by Ambassador Johann Brieger, also translated into Albanian by Berta Hamza.

Last year we posted the Nikolaus story on our WEBsite, so therefore this year we wanted to tell you a little bit about KRAMPUS.

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast to Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair. 

Krampus is represented as a beast like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore; however, its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia and Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5th December (the eve of Saint Nicholas day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration. 

 

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Last but certainly not least we wanted to thank our generous Sponsor for the Nikolaus Charity Event, M&Sillosi for their ongoing support. THANK YOU

For more photos please kindly refer to photogallery http://www.oekg-ks.org/?cid=2,8

 

 

 

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