Krampus at Christmas – level 3

06-12-2017 07:00

Christmas folklore across central Europe from Bavaria to Croatia includes Krampus, a demon that is Saint Nicolas’ evil companion. Krampus punishes bad children by putting them in a woven wicker basket that he holds on his back.

Over 150 Krampus impersonators came to a market square in Hollabrun, Austria, to scare people as well as symbolically beat some of them, according to tradition. However, under the masks and costumes, the impersonators are actually friendly. One woman said that it is important to keep the tradition alive.

Austrians still debate over whether Krampus is appropriate for children or not.

Difficult words: folklore (stories that are traditionally told over a long time), companion (partner), impersonator (someone who pretends to be someone else).

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