Photos: Jeremy Waitt


Obertauern, Austria

Krampus Party

In the Austrian Alps area of Obertauren there is a tradition of Krampus monsters along with St. Nicholas. The monsters walk about with branches and spank naughty children. The Krampi do come into homes, but they never strike a child inside a home, only in the street. Being struck by a Krampus monster is supposed to be good luck.