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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.
Easter habits in South Tyrol
Easter habits in South Tyrol

The Easter habits are particularly vivid and varied in Niederdorf in Hochpustertal.

© TV Niederdorf - Oberhofer Hermann
Easter habits in South Tyrol
Easter habits in South Tyrol

The Easter habits are particularly vivid and varied in Niederdorf in Hochpustertal.

© TV Niederdorf - Oberhofer Hermann
Easter habits in South Tyrol
Easter habits in South Tyrol

The Easter habits are particularly vivid and varied in Niederdorf in Hochpustertal.

© TV Niederdorf - Oberhofer Hermann
Easter habits in South Tyrol
Easter habits in South Tyrol

The Easter habits are particularly vivid and varied in Niederdorf in Hochpustertal.

© TV Niederdorf - Oberhofer Hermann

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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