Living tradition

Associated project

The Glöcker*innenlauf developed from traditional customs on Traunsee and has spread from there over the course of the last century.

Subject to change
© Salzkammergut 2024
on 5 January 2024 in many municipalities of the Salzkammergut

About the project

It is often presented as a pagan custom, but folklorists see it as an invention from the 19th century that grow out of an economic emergency: brown coal was used instead of wood to heat the salt pans in Saline Ebensee, with fatal consequences for everyone employed in the lumber industry – they were left without work and without an income. In order to avoid having to beg, they offered, amongst other things, a spectacle: the “Glöckeln” – a kind of ritualized begging.