Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

“Aperschnalzen” in the historic Rupertiwinkel area

Applicant: Ing. Ernst Müller, Ehrenobmann Schnalzergruppe Wals
Province: Salzburg
Domain: Social Practices
Year of inclusion: 2013

“Aperschnalzen” refers to a more than 200-year-old tradition practised in the Rupertiwinkel area which includes several villages on both sides of the border rivers Saalach and Salzach in Bavaria (Germany) and Salzburg (Austria). Between St. Stephen’s Day (26th of December) and Shrove Tuesday, the “Passen” (groups of nine members) crack their whips during their meetings in order to produce a certain beat. In addition to their performances at festive events, they participate in contests at community level and compete for the annual Rupertigau prize.