man muss nur den Mut haben, sein eigenes Leben zu führen. - Peter Rosegger
Friday, January 14, 2011
Jingle Jingle Jingle!
The annual Glöcklerlauf ("Bell Run") takes place in Stainach, Austria on January 5. It is a romantic, age-old tradition, meant to scare off the spirits of winter. Dozens dressed in white wearing oversized jingle bells on their belts and festive candle-lit luminarias on their heads participate. They run through the town square *jingle* *jingle* *jingle* while the audience drinks mulled wine and "oohs" and "ahhs" over the stunning beauty of the luminarias. The performance is enhanced by a brass band, whip crackers, Christmas carolers and this year, a poem by local author Paula Grogger. I've gone every year for the past four years (and tell the astonished natives that I travel to from the U.S. to Austria especially for this event!)