Eerie Pre-Christmas Tradition Scares Czech Villagers
In the Czech Republic revelers dress as the grim reaper or the devil and scare the residents of one village into behaving as part of a pre-Christmas tradition
In the Czech Republic revelers dress as the grim reaper or the devil and scare the residents of one village. They might sound and look terrifying.
They are in this small Czech village to bring Christmas cheer to the local children. They go from door-to-door in search of badly-behaved children.
“The tradition is long-standing, beautiful and you can’t find it anywhere else but in southern region in eastern Czech Republic. It’s very specific, as you can see, and I like it very much. I was one of revellers wearing devil costumes for many years, I’m retired now, handed it over to the younger ones and I’m very happy that those youngsters have passion for it, making their own masks and continue with what we started and what our fathers and grandfathers started before us. And I’m sincerely happy about it,” resident, Petr Filgas said.
For many being chased in the snow by the fearsome figures in sheepskin masks is all part of the fun.
“It all started after the war. We wear those red skirts, it symbolises fire and it’s specific only for our village, it’s just different. Those masks, only a few of them are inherited. Specifically, this one is 40 years old, my father was wearing it,” locals said.
This tradition is repeated in other villages around the region in the run-up to Christmas Day.