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Krampus, Austria and Hungary

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St. Nick’s devil-like counterpart has one task: to punish
bad children before Christmas. In other words, he’s no jolly fat man. Instead,
picture a red devil with cloven hooves, horns, and
a long tongue (though he can take the form of a bearded wild man or huge hairy
beast). Instead of a bag full of toys, Krampus carries chains and a basket for
abducting especially bad children and hauling them to hell. Experience this
holiday tradition at Krampusnacht parties and Krampus Runs, during which rowdy
revelers cavort through town in beastly costumes.

World's Strangest Holiday Traditions

Krampus, Austria and Hungary

St. Nick’s devil-like counterpart has one task: to punish
bad children before Christmas. In other words, he’s no jolly fat man. Instead,
picture a red devil with cloven hooves, horns, and
a long tongue (though he can take the form of a bearded wild man or huge hairy
beast). Instead of a bag full of toys, Krampus carries chains and a basket for
abducting especially bad children and hauling them to hell. Experience this
holiday tradition at Krampusnacht parties and Krampus Runs, during which rowdy
revelers cavort through town in beastly costumes.

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