The devil rides out as the annual Krampus fests begin…

The Krampus Lauf (or Devil Run) is a yearly event that takes place in Austria, Germany and other European countries.  A 500-year-old tradition based on the Christian figure of St. Nicholas, the Krampus is a devil that the saint unleashes to punish the bad.  At the Krampus Lauf, people dress up in the most elaborate costumes and wear cow bells, chasing others down the streets, some even breathing fire. Imagine some poor unsuspecting tourist whose had a schnapps too many…

Here is a video from a previous year, skip to 2:33 to see a devil emerge from a huge fire.

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