Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fascinating events-Buttenmandl Parade

People dressed as St. Nicholas, a knave in a traditional Bavarian woman's dress, two Gangerl and Buttenmandl make their way through the snow during the traditional Buttenmandl-Parade near the village of Bischofswiesen-Loipl, southern Germany. On the first Sunday of the Advent season, St. Nicholas is traditionally accompanied by twelve Buttenmandls and a knave when they go from house to house to give small presents to the children. Only unmarried men are allowed to parade as Buttenmandls, who are completely covered in straw and wear animal masks and cow bells.

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