Burning of witches

In East Tyrol, the former burning of witches is remembered during the carnival period. With that the carnival time ends.

This tradition dates back to 1637, when a trial took place at Heinfels Castle. An 18-year-old girl was called a witch and burned at the stake. This event is still remembered today during the carnival period. At the end of the traditional carnival procession in the centre of the city are the witches. At the main square a burning of witches is simulated, which represents the end of the foolish time.

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