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From Santa's demon sidekick to having his own day, Krampus has become a world phenomenon

​Krampus has his own day - December 5 - in Austria.

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Updated: Dec 15, 2019, 10.25 AM IST
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Here's why Krampus are in making headlines:

Krampus has his own day — December 5 — in Austria. The tradition originated in Tyrol in the Austrian Alps.

That was a 2015 Adam Scott movie, no?
Yes, it took off from the folklore and traditions of eastern Europe.

I love folklore. What is this one about?
Traditionally, Krampus is a demon sidekick of Santa Claus.

Wow! So Krampus has a special role?

Yes. He deals with the bad boys while Santa distributes gifts to the good ones.

The bad boys? But how is Krampus not part of the Christmas decorations?

He has kind of become independent of Santa. Krampus has his own day — December 5 — in Austria. The tradition originated in Tyrol in the Austrian Alps.

And what happens on that day?
Krampus Run. These are parades. People dress up in Krampus costumes — half man and half goat — with a stick in hand that is supposedly used to beat up naughty kids.

Only in Austria, is it?
The tradition has spread to other countries, especially Italy, Germany, some parts of the UK and the US. The dates vary though — right up to Christmas.

Must be a fun night, altogether.
Yes. But this year, some of them turned ugly in parts of Austria. Some people dressed as Krampus beat up others. Two fire fighters were also assaulted. In one town, there were too many drunk demons roaming the streets, and the police had to be called.

Oh my, these demons take their jobs rather seriously. Have you noticed something?

What?

Those dressing up as Krampus are quite naughty themselves.

Maybe dressing up is a clever way to escape punishment.

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