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Easter "Preisguffen" in Niederdorf

“Preisguffen” nowadays seems to be a curious thing, but the custom has ancient and very important roots. It is a kind of challenge, by which 2 challengers try to destroy the egg of the adversary.

Every participant of the challenge has to bring an egg, which has to been boiled and coloured on Maundy Thursday. 2 adversaries knock their eggs against each other. The egg loses, which get destroyed.

Centuries ago, eggs were a very important aliment and after the long fast, eggs were an important provider of protein. But eggs were a rare good, too. Because of that, the farmers hold the “Preisguffen”-event every Easter Sunday in Niederdorf.

After the challenges the children go home for searching their chocolate Easter eggs, which the parents have hidden in the garden.

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