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When The Church Bells Remain Silent – The “Ratscherbuben” Tradition in Austria

Mar 31, 2018

During the week of Easter in Catholic areas of Austria the Church bells remain silent, to commemorate the death of Christ until resurrection. While church bells are usually rung to remind people of the beginning of church services, the silence of the bells is replaced with a special tradition in Austria: Young boys are running around the villages in groups, making loud noises with wooden rattling instruments, called “Ratsche” in German. In 2015 this custom was listed by Unesco as an intangible cultural heritage. イースター の時期にオーストリアの地方では特定の伝統があります。イエスキリスト の死から復活 の間教会 の鐘が鳴りません。代わりに坊やたちが各家を回りながら木造 のガラガラ音をする楽器を鳴らしています。2015年にユネスコの無形文化遺産に登録された伝統行事です。

This year I had a closer look and could take a video clip of the boy group coming to our house. This is what it looks like:

Here are some images and impressions of this beautiful Austrian custom:

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Boys taking a short rest, warming up, collecting church donations and small gifts.

 

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The boys are busy running from house to house, and they disappear just as fast as the came.

 

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