For centuries, South Tyrol’s secluded side valleys were hardly influenced by the outside world. Stories and traditions were handed down from generation to generation and are cultivated even today. It is not simple folklore alone which has remained the expression of a sense of tradition in a village society in South Tyrol, but customs that have been kept alive and have retained their relevance, as well as local piety and the desire to preserve handed-down ways of celebrating and doing things. Especially at Christmas and Easter, a variety of Christian and pagan customs, from “Klöckeln” and “Scheibenschlagen” to “Hecken” or “Pecken” continue to be practised.
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