Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

Bread- making in the Lesach Valley

Applicant: Lesachtaler Mühlenverein und Kulturvereine Liesing, Mario Lugger und Hans Guggenberger
Province: Carinthia
Domain: Traditional Craftsmanship
Year of inclusion: 2010

The tradition of bread making in the Lesach Valley (Carinthia), especially in the communities of Maria Luggau and Liesing, includes grain cultivation and extraction (in a specific mountain farming region), the most important facts on mill construction, particular idioms and sayings, rituals (e.g. to draw three crosses before cutting bread, to place a palm cross in the field), the annual mill festival in Maria Luggau and the local village and bread festival.

All the aforementioned activities have a special type of vocabulary – dialect expressions – which can only remain in use as long as this tradition is kept alive. The annual mill festival in Maria Luggau, as well as the local village and bread festival, contribute to the preservation of this tradition’s importance and meaning.

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