Does Santa Claus Have an 'Evil Companion?

Published December 8th, 2019 - 10:20 GMT
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Hundreds took to the streets for a Krampus Run street parade dressed as Saint Nicholas's evil companion.

You better watch out, and you better not cry, because Santa Claus is coming to town - and he is being accompanied by a gruesome creature called the Krampus, according to revellers in Whitby.

Hundreds took to the streets  for a Krampus Run street parade, dressed as the horned creature who is said to join Saint Nicholas on his rounds.


The Krampus is part of Christmas folklore in many central European countries where he is Santa Claus's evil companion who punishes children for their bad behaviour.

Participants traditionally don a hand-carved wooden mask with animal horns, a suit made from sheep or goat skin and large cow bells attached to the waist that make noise as the wearers run, dance and jump around. 

 

Since the 17th-century the Krampus would visit children on Krampusnacht - on the evening of December 5 - and punish children who had behaved badly throughout the year, before the Santa-like St Nicholas would come and reward 'the good children' on Nikolaustag on December 6. 

In the last few decades, the Krampus tradition has been brought back to life, with a number of local Krampus associations organising parades without St. Nicholas at Krampus events throughout November and early December.

The event at Whitby, which raises money for local charities, is the very first to celebrate this folklore character in the UK. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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