Monday, February 11, 2013

Zusslrennen

Zusslrennen in Prad

These men called "Zussl" are wearing cowbells weighing up to 20kg.





Last Thursday I went to Prad am Stilfserjoch / Prato allo Stelvio to watch the traditional Zusslrennen. It was the first time I saw this.

The Zusslrennen is a unique carnival parade which happens every year on Carnival Thursday.









I made also a short and simple video, so you can see some action and listen the sound of the cowbells.





You can also watch this video in HD on Vimeo.



10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Karl because you share - it's so exciting to see other country's traditions - nice post.

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  2. Wow, Karl, thanks for taking this video. I would not have believed it without actually seeing and hearing it. This procession is the strangest thing I've ever seen. I imagine it is an ancient "rite."

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    1. Yes Dina, it is an ancient rite, the bells are used to expel the evil spirits and to wake up the nature.

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  3. I loved video! It's so interesting. I think I'll read some more about this tradition.

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  4. Hmmm...I don't know what to say, Karl. What a bunch of ding-a-lings! Nah, just kidding. Looks like a lot of fun and it was more fun watching your video than watching the Emmy awards show last night! Your photos and your video are excellent - fun and super colors!

    So, this is all about spring and get rid of the evil spirits that abound during the winter? Fascinating!

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  5. Wonderful ancient tradition. These young men must be in excellent condition to up to 44 pounds of bells and jog like that. Love your video. The sound is amazing.

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  6. This was wonderful, Karl. I enjoy encountering local parades and celebrations like this one. It reminds me of running into some Morris Dancers in the Cotswolds.

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  7. This was so interesting and great photos!

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  8. I've never seen anything like this! Wow!

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