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Carnival and Lent traditions in South Tyrol

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07.02.2018 - Carnival and Lent traditions in South Tyrol

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Bellies with Bells on and Flying Saucers

In rural South Tyrol during the wintertime there’s lots to discover. During Carnival and Lent ancient traditions emerge, when mighty bells are rung to drive away the frost, strange creatures dance through the villages and flying saucers light up the night sky. Guests on ‘Red Rooster’ farms are always right in the thick of it.

This mixture of pre-Christian and religious rituals makes for an interesting combination and most of the customs have their roots in fertility rites dating back to pre-Christian times. Visitors to these events staying at ‘Red Rooster’ farmhouses find themselves in a particularly favourable position, as farmers in South Tyrol make ideal hosts, being experts in matters of local culture and tradition. It’s well worth going along with them to witness these end-of-winter rituals.

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