Hello, it’s me, Sofia!
I’m from Italy, precisely from Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region situated in the North-east of It. Today I’m here to tell you about a tradition of this place: the Krampus.
The Krampus are today linked to the tradition of San Nicolò traditionally celebrated on the evening of December 5th. The ritual, typical of several countries in the Alps, focuses on the parade through the streets of the town of San Nicolò. San Nicolò, with a bushy white beard, accompanied by angels, distributes sweets to the little ones and good ones. Followed by angry devils: the krampus in search of bad children. As soon as the sun sets, San Nicolò disappears leaving the population at the mercy of the devils, who do their best in pursuits and pursuits. Krampus have scary masks; their clothes are worn out and dirty. While wandering in the night they cause dull noises, obtained by bells or horns.
The legend: in times of famine, boys from mountain villages after being disguised, and rendered unrecognizable, using skins and horns of animals, terrorized the inhabitants of neighboring countries, robbing them of the necessary provisions for the winter. Soon, however, the boys realized that among them there was an impostor: it was the devil himself, who took advantage of his terrifying face had entered the group remaining recognizable only by the feet in the form of a goat hoof. Then a bishop, Nicola, was called to exorcise the terrible presence. Since then, defeated the Devil, the boys disguised as devil continued to go to the nearby villages, no longer to plunder but to bring gifts accompanied by the figure of the bishop, that is, he who had defeated evil.