And every year it’s that time again - the fifth season begins. The fifth? Yes, really the fifth. In Salzburger Land there is actually one season more than anywhere else in the world. Well, do you already know what we're talking about here? That's right, Harvest Festival! Autumn is actually the time to bring in and process the harvest. But we wouldn't be us if it wasn't also a time for festivities and encounters. The festivities are different everywhere and today I will tell you about a very special tradition.We are talking here about "Goassln" (whip cracking). The name comes from the "stock whip", the whip used by horse-drawn carriage drivers for communication. The different sequences and rhythms of the whip strokes were used for different purposes at that time. This way, others could tell if it was a warning or a welcome. Even today, there are clubs like the Wagrainer Herreiter and Goasslschnalzer, which preserve and keep alive the tradition to the beat of the accordion. The club now has 30 members between the ages of 7 and 90. What is important to them is to get together regularly and enjoy each other's company, which is of course very exciting for everyone involved given the age difference. They rehearse weekly in the summer and in addition they also perform every week at events, such as the square concerts, village concerts and the local history and customs evenings. So, the association really has enough to do.
By the way, you can see the "Wagrainer Herreiter" and "Goasslschnalzer" not only during the Harvest Festival week, but all summer long at the weekly events, such as the square and village concerts. But especially when the cows are herded down, they give their best and offer a really impressive show. Here the whole association is represented and not just standing there - they are spread out on the street, roofs and horses. So, it's an experience with surround sound. It's really great to watch and you'd like to try it yourself. I tried it once and it's not as easy as it looks :).So, definitely a must-see and really really impressive. It's always nice when a tradition is carried on by young and old and children learn a little responsibility from a young age and what it means to be part of something big.
Are you going to a Harvest Festival event? What do you like best: the music, the good food, the traditional costume - or everything as a whole package? Feel free to write and tag us at the events with @wagrainkleinarl. We look forward to seeing you!More information about the Harvest Festival events can be found here. "Tradition is not keeping the ashes, but passing on the flame". Thomas Morus