Zusslmandl and Zusslweibele
What is the custom of Klöckeln all about?
On the first three Thursdays in Advent, things get spooky in Val Sarentino/Sarntal. Learn more about what South Tyrolean Klöckeln is all about!
It is said that demons are wreaking havoc during Advent – especially on Thursday aka Witch's Day. Which is why it is best to stay home then. Only the beggars, also known as Klöckler, are out and about. Well disguised, they go from house to house, singing songs and asking for alms. This custom, which is celebrated in Val Sarentino/Sarntal north of Bolzano, is more than 500 years old. A Klöckel group, called Kutt, consists of 13 Klöckler and two Zussln – the Zusslmandl and the Zusslweibele. For those who do not actively participate, Klöckeln holds many secrets. No one is supposed to know if and when Klöckeln takes place, and especially who is behind the masks. The clubs and groups tinker and plan in secret places. But everyone knows the Klöckler song – you learn it at school in Sarnthein. Are you curious now? Book your stay under the sign of wellness in South Tyrol now and look forward to this custom and other local Christmas traditions.