Pursuant to 2009/136/EU guidelines, we inform you that this website uses its own technical cookies and third party cookies to provide you with an efficient navigation experience and unimpaired use of the website functions.
Home
Events
"Zusslrennen"

"Zusslrennen"

Thursday, 20.02.2020
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

All events at a glance

when?
what?
where?
March 2020
Su 01.03.2020
Oberer Vinschgau
Mo 16.03.2020 -
Mo 23.03.2020
Alpe di Siusi
Su 22.03.2020
Kastelbell-Tschars
Th 26.03.2020 -
Su 29.03.2020
Bozen
Fr 27.03.2020
Slopes of the Sella Ronda
April 2020
We 01.04.2020
Meran
Su 05.04.2020
Lana, Tscherms und Marling
Su 12.04.2020
Niederdorf
Mo 13.04.2020
Meran
Sa 18.04.2020
Lana
Tu 21.04.2020 -
Su 26.04.2020
Bozen
Su 26.04.2020
Kaltern
May 2020
Su 03.05.2020
Schenna
Sa 16.05.2020 -
Mo 18.05.2020
Neumarkt/Montan
June 2020
Fr 05.06.2020 -
Su 07.06.2020
Kastelruth
Sa 06.06.2020
Südtiroler Weinstraße
Su 21.06.2020
South Tyrol
Sa 27.06.2020 -
Su 28.06.2020
Martell
Sa 27.06.2020
Dolomites
July 2020
Mo 06.07.2020
Sterzing
Sa 18.07.2020 -
Fr 31.07.2020
Toblach
Sa 18.07.2020
Graun im Vinschgau
Th 23.07.2020 -
Fr 31.07.2020
Eppan/St. Pauls
August 2020
Sa 01.08.2020 -
Su 02.08.2020
Laas
Fr 21.08.2020 -
Su 23.08.2020
Schluderns
Mo 24.08.2020
Ritten
Sa 29.08.2020
Stilfserjoch
September 2020
Sa 12.09.2020
Sexten
Su 13.09.2020
Sterzing
October 2020
Fr 02.10.2020 -
Su 04.10.2020
Brixen
Sa 03.10.2020
Villnöss
Sa 10.10.2020
Terenten
Fr 16.10.2020 -
Su 18.10.2020
Meran
Sa 17.10.2020
Girlan
Sa 17.10.2020
Bozen
February 2021
Tu 16.02.2021
Tramin
March 2021
Fr 12.03.2021 -
Su 14.03.2021
Sand in Taufers

Archive

All events at a glance