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Farmers' customs


Christmas and Advent customs
  • Weihnachten Schloss Saalhof Before the 1st Sunday in Advent we arrange our own Advent wreath with branches of fir which we hang over our big kitchen table. All guests are invited to arrange their own Advent wreath…
     
  • Of course, Christmas cookies as well as our traditional fruitcake have to be baked - all guests are welcome to help and join us…
     
  • Perchtenlauf Schloss Saalhof During Advent and a few days after New Years' Eve companions of St. Nicholas (the "Krampus") make their rounds: they want to chase away evil and bring luck and blessing to the people... There are various „Krampus runs“ in Maishofen and around Castle Saalhof.
     
  • Perchtenlauf Schloss Saalhof The „Tresterer“ traditionally go from farmhouse to farmhouse, bring you good luck and blessings and perform their traditional, mystical dance. A funny figure is the „Hühnerpercht“ - a kind of demon with a chicken-face that lays an egg on the floor. Good luck!
     
  • A very nice custom is the „knocking on the door“. The rural youth perform the scene of Maria and Josef looking for a room in Bethlehem. Thus in the evenings, the youths walk from door to door, knocking and asking for harbourage….
     
  • 24/12 Christmas Eve: This is a day of strict abstinence: For lunch we only eat the „Bachekoch“, a special soup, its sole ingredients are milk, salt, honey and flower. On this day the farmer sharpens all knives, because it is told that the knife-edges whetted on Christmas Eve will remain sharp for the whole year. Only in the evening do we eat our special Christmas sausage (Mettenwurst) which we produce ourselves - specifically for Christmas Eve!
     
  • On Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the eve of the Twelfth Day (5th of January) the farmers bless all rooms of the Castle and the barn with holy water, smells and incense (olibanum) in order to drive out evil spirits…

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