December 6, 2008

Iffelen from Austria

Villagers dance with their "iffelen", which are artfully designed giant mitres lit by candles from within, through the village of Kuessnacht am Rigi on the shores of Lake Lucerne during the traditional "Klausjagen" procession December 5, 2008. The ancient custom of "Klausjagen", or St. Nicholas hunt, where villagers accompany St. Nicholas through the village, is a cross between a Christian celebration and a pagan rite and goes back to the middle ages.


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