Painted apiary in Olimje

Painted apiary in Olimje, Slovenia

In the areas of Slovenian Styria (Slovenska Štajerska), Carniola (Kranjska)and the Austrian state of Carinthia (Kärnten) one can find these traditionally painted bee boards (Panjske končnice). With the help of these paintings, beekeepers were able to find the right hive.

Krampus procession in Gnigl

Krampus procession in Gnigl, Austria

The Krampus procession (Krampuslauf) is a tradition generally performed on a certain day from the beginning of the advent season up to the first half of January. People organised in groups named Pass run in costumes created by themselves through the streets and try to frighten the spectators.

Moravian Star in Quedlinburg

Moravian star in Quedlinburg, Germany

On my walk through Quedlinburg, I came across this Moravian Star. Generally, it is an Advent decoration popular in Germany and in other places where there are Moravian congregations. The German name Herrnhuter Stern refers to the city of Herrnhut where the stars were first commercially produced.

Perchtenlauf in Judenburg

Perchte at a Perchtenlauf in Judenburg, Austria

The Perchtenlauf (Procession of Perchten) in Judenburg was the first Perchtenlauf I have ever watched. I was impressed with how scary the masks looked. Though I don’t think that a Perchtenlauf in the mid of November is really traditional I like the idea of this event and recommend watching such a procession if you get the chance anywhere in the Alpine region.