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Young Geisha holding a Kumade 1916 by Blue Ruin1

A Hangyoku holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake". The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi festivals that are held in November.

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Japanese Demon Oni mask made out of wood and red and brown color.

Young Geisha holding a Kumade 1916 by Blue Ruin1

A Hangyoku holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake". The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi festivals that are held in November.

Krampus

A fixture of holiday folklore in Europe, Krampus, the demonic companion of St. Nicholas tasked with punishing naughty children rather than bestowing gifts upon them, has seen his popularity skyrocket in the United States in recent years

Kukeri - Bulgarian traditional masquerade monsters

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Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits, with costumed men performing the ritual. The costumes cover most of the body and include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around New Year and before Lent, the kukeri walk and dance through the village to scare evil spirits away with the costumes and the sound of the bells, as well as to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the…

Around New Year, each year people go out on the Streets dressed as scary creatures and just dance on the Streets in order to scare evil spirits from the town.

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Salzburg Krampuslauf

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Klausentreiben

In the alpine region, many traditions that predate Christianity are still alive and revered by the local folks. One of them is the “Klausentreiben” during the night of the sixth of December.

Schiachperchten beim großen Perchtenlauf in St. Johann

Schiachperchten beim großen Perchtenlauf in St.

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