Perchten like in the olden days: Rauriser Toifin
The Rauriser Toifi* parade through Rauris on 5 December. Roaring loudly, carrying a switch, wearing a sheepskin coat with bells tied around their belly. The wood-carved face masks are painted, black, white and red, a red tongue made of cloth hanging from the mouth; their heads crowned by goat horns. These wild creatures are accompanied by St. Nick, two angels and the “Vortoifi”. It is he who asks for admission to the farms and homes of Rauris, chanting the words: “Griass Gott, liawe Leit. Hiaz sama do - de Toifin und da Nikolo. Wenn ma eina deafn, oft sog‘ da Hausherr jo.” In the early evening, you might allow yourself to be scared by the Toifin on the market square in Rauris, the reward for your bravery being a small gift bag from St. Nick. The tradition of the Rauriser Toifi actually goes all the way back to gold-mining days. (*Toifi = devil)
Perchten Parades in Salzburger Land
Toifin also take part in the big Perchten parades, of course. This includes the Pongauer Perchtenlauf, the biggest of its kind in Salzburger Land. It has been held since the late 1950s, alternating between Altenmarkt, Bischofshofen, St. Johann and Gasteinertal. Every year on 6 December, between 250 and 400 Perchten parade through one of those four Pongau communities. They stick to the centuries-old tradition: only males are allowed, also in the roles of the female characters. All kinds of traditional figures can be admired including the Tafelperchten, Baumwerker, Schnabelperchten, Habergeiss, Hans Wurscht and many more. Though all bring with them good wishes for health, prosperity and peace in the coming year.
Lots of hard work, passion and team spirit are invested by the local heritage societies in creating this eerily special experience. If you are in the mood to encounter the local Perchten traditions close to the ALPS RESORT accommodations where you are staying, our employees at the ALPS reception desks will be happy to provide you with further details. Take my word for it, the Perchten have to be seen to be believed! If only from a safer distance…