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Aperschnalzen 2023

A custom of whip cracking used to drive winter away


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Aperschnalzen—is an authentic tradition in Salzburg and Bavaria, which is believed to drive out winter and awake the spirit of nature. Usually held at​ the end of January or beginning of February, it draws young men to take part in the competition.

The main attraction is the skilful usage of whips, up to 4 m long, called "Goal." Snapping and cracking, amazing coordination—this is what competitors show. From 7 to 11 members can take part simultaneously so long as the number is uneven. This fascinating old tradition attracts lots of locals and tourists as well.

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