Στην περιοχή της Αυστρίας, την παραμονή του Αγίου Νικολάου, νεαροί ντύνονται σαν φριχτοί δαίμονες με αλυσίδες και κουδούνες και περιφέρονται στους δρόμους τρομάζοντας υποτίθεται τα παιδιά.
Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in alpine countries. He is a bound devil who escorts the benevolent Saint Nicholas on the eve of his day Saint Nicholas tests the children with their Catechism and good behavior. If they pass he gives gifts and treats. If they fail, Krampus is set loose to deal with these bad children; worse than lumps of coal & rotten potatoes, he may also use a switch of twigs to beat them and molests the bad children in other ways… giving them a taste of Hell to come. On the eve of Saint Nichola’s Day (December 5th) children are put to bed and warned of their peril. They may avoid a direct visit by leaving shoes outside the door. If they sleep soundly, they will not have to deal with the test, and in the morning of St Nichola’s Day (December 6th) they will find either treats & small gifts in their shoes, or a switch, lump of coal, or rotten potatoes. Parents are expected to use the switch on those children so designated as having been really bad. Perhaps they can heed the warning and behave better until Christmas when the Christ child brings gifts. (sarcofaga chronicles)
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. (Wikipedia)