The situation is anything but satisfactory for traditional associations, says the regional chairman of the Salzburg homeland associations after the Perchtenlauf in Bad Gastein, which was held despite the lack of approval. The organizers face a fine.
There are currently proceedings against the organizers of the Perchtenlauf in Bad Gastein (Pongau). The St. Johann district administration did not approve the event shortly before Christmas, but it was carried out. The organizers have done everything humanly possible to ensure safety at the Perchtenlauf, the regional chairman of the Salzburg homeland clubs Hannes Brugger defends the organizers.
Brugger: “Customs rooted in the population”
The event, which was held despite the lack of approval, was not an easy decision, so Brugger: “If I see the whole thing from a purely legal point of view, the authorities are probably right. But if I look at it from the emotional side – if a custom is celebrated here that has been rooted in the population for centuries, and certain precautions are taken on your own initiative so that there are no contagions from participants – then you should also respect this side. “
Clear rules are required
In any case, the federal government will need clearer rules in the future, demands Brugger. At the moment, the traditional associations grope in the dark for a relatively long time at planned events. Do you want to erase them or do you want to push them back? I don’t think you can do that because it is very popular with the population. “
Many events canceled
In any case, some of the events planned around Epiphany will not take place this year, including the Glöcklerlauf in the city of Salzburg, the Rauhnachts driving in Golling or now the Perchtenlauf in Bad Hofgastein. Other events are only available in a scaled-down form, such as the Dreikönigsreiter on Wednesday in Abtenau or the Tresterer in Stuhlfelden. This year they bring happiness and blessings to selected farmers – albeit outdoors.