Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

The Gauderfest in Zell am Ziller

Applicant: Tiroler Landestrachtenverband, Obmann Oswald Gredler
Province: Tyrol
Domain: Social Practices
Year of inclusion: 2014

Tyrol’s largest spring celebration arose from a “Kirchtag” or country fair. This folk celebration’s name refers to its traditional location, called “Gauderlehen.” The oldest known description of this celebration comes from 1862, although there also exist earlier notes in which reference is made to it. Once-important blood sports such as cow-baiting, cockfights and ram-baiting have by now been abandoned, with the action now centering instead on “Ranggeln” (a form of wrestling native to the Alps – see “Hundstoaranggeln”), with its contest for the winner’s title of “Hogmoar,” and a parade in traditional costumes. This parade is among Tyrol’s largest and always takes place on the first Sunday in May. At the Gauderfest, special attention is also given to young people: above all, the Saturday directly preceding the Gauderfest gives them the opportunity to show off their dancing abilities.