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"Zusslrennen"

The ‘Zusslrennen‘ is a unique custom taking place annually on the Thursday before the beginning of Lent on the village square in Prad am Stilfserjoch in the Vinschgau area.

The figure of the ‘Zussl‘ may only be portrayed by men from the village; these are dressed from head to toe in white, adorned with colourful masks and crepe-paper flowers and wear heavy cowbells weighing over 20 kilogrammes around their necks.

The procession has its roots in a fertility cult. Six men symbolising white horses begin by pulling an old wooden plough through the streets, then along comes the ‚leader‘ with the ‘Goaßl‘, urging the horses on and steering the plough.

Behind the ‚leader‘ comes the ‘sower’ with his basket, scattering sawdust over the spectators. Farmers and farmers‘ wives, servants, maids and finally the ‘Zoch und Pfott‘ couple follow on.

All these characters carry various agricultural instruments with them, symbolising the transition from the cold winter months to the warmer spring months.

The ‘Triebschellträger‘ leads a second procession. The ‘Triebschelle‘ bell is the heaviest of all ‘Zusslschellen‘. Following the impressive clanging of the bells come, in their white hats and masks, the ‘Zussln’, who lend the procession its name. Then, in their turn we see couples and the ‚leader‘, keeping the procession together with the ‘Goaßl‘.

The ‚Zusslrennen‘ is associated with ancient fertility rites. The ‘Zussln‘ carry on for hours with their clanging cowbells, driving out evil spirits and the winter cold and ‚waking‘ the corn in the hope of a good harvest.farm holidays in Prad am Stilfserjoch

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Su 17.03.2019 -
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Alpe di Siusi
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Schenna
Su 21.04.2019
Niederdorf
Mo 22.04.2019
Meran
Sa 27.04.2019 -
Su 12.05.2019
Deutschnonsberg
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Su 05.05.2019 -
Su 06.10.2019
Schenna
Sa 18.05.2019 -
Mo 20.05.2019
Neumarkt/Montan
Sa 18.05.2019 -
Su 02.06.2019
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Sa 08.06.2019
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Sa 22.06.2019
Dolomites
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Martell
Su 30.06.2019
South Tyrol
July 2019
Sa 06.07.2019 -
Su 14.07.2019
Sterzing
Sa 13.07.2019 -
Sa 27.07.2019
Toblach
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Graun im Vinschgau
Th 18.07.2019 -
Fr 26.07.2019
Eppan/St. Pauls
August 2019
Sa 03.08.2019 -
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Laas
Fr 23.08.2019 -
Su 25.08.2019
Schluderns
Sa 24.08.2019
Ritten
Fr 30.08.2019 -
Su 15.09.2019
Schlanders
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Stilfserjoch
September 2019
Su 08.09.2019
Sterzing
Sa 14.09.2019
Sexten
Mo 16.09.2019 -
Su 22.09.2019
Appiano
October 2019
Fr 04.10.2019 -
Su 06.10.2019
Brixen
Sa 05.10.2019 -
Su 06.10.2019
Villnöss
Fr 11.10.2019 -
Su 13.10.2019
Kastelruth
Sa 12.10.2019
Bozen
Sa 12.10.2019
Terenten
Sa 12.10.2019
Girlan
Fr 18.10.2019 -
Su 20.10.2019
Meran
Sa 19.10.2019 -
Su 10.11.2019
Feldthurns
November 2019
Mo 11.11.2019
Eppan
Th 28.11.2019 -
Mo 06.01.2020
Bruneck
Th 28.11.2019 -
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Bozen
Th 28.11.2019 -
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Meran
December 2019
Fr 06.12.2019 -
Su 08.12.2019
Glurns
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Kastelruth
Tu 31.12.2019
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