Krampus: The Sinister Sidekick of Santa

Think of Krampus as the "anti-Santa", the demon who comes to punish children who misbehave during the year. Krampus Night is celebrated on the eve of St. Nicholas Day in Europe, particularly in Austria.
The Krampus tradition, whilst once done with a modicum of sobriety is now used as an enormously great excuse to get completely inebriated. Think of it as an old Europe version of Spring Break but, alcohol aside, with slightly different preoccupations and - of course - at a different time of year. Very well, just think of it as an excuse for young people to behave badly.

Read about the origins of Krampus and see more depictions from history at Socyberty. Link -Thanks, RJ!

(image credit: riptheskull)

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qwhacker: Any time if year is a good time to go....

In May, depending on what towns you are near, they may be putting up the May Pole. Each town has it's own and they are replaced after several years. Big ceremony, lots of beer (hey, it's Germany).

And, since it is spring, there will be plenty of fests going on.....more beer....

What part of Germany are you visiting?

(and I am JEALOUS!)
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I think they did have an episode of Supernatural where they find a couple of Pagan gods summoning a Krampus to slaughter people. Man, I cringed at that part where they removed the Sam's fingernail.
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