Transhumance from the Seiser Alm
Region: Seiser Alm-Schlern
The returning of solemnly decorated cattle, horses, goats and sheep from one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in Europe to the stables in the valley is always a reason for celebrations in Kastelruth and on the Seiser Alm.
In South Tyrol, the grazing animals traditionally spend the summer on the verdant alpine meadows in the mountains. When autumn slowly approaches and when it begins to snow on the mountains, the cows, sheep, goats and horses are brought back from their summer vacation on the pasture. In former times, this day was a big event for the mountain farmers.
Still today, the so-called transhumance is celebrated with a big feast in many localities in South Tyrol. Also on the Seiser Alm, the animals are magnificently decorated and accompanied on their way to the town. The transhumance from the Seiser Alm traditionally takes place on the Saturday before the harvest festival.
From Compatsch to Kastelruth
The around 250 animals and their attendants dressed with traditional costumes start in Compatsch at 10 o’clock. The sound of numerous cowbells accompanies the colourful parade. Furthermore, a feast with alphorns, the traditional “Goaßlschnöller”, a farmer’s market and the presentation of ancient farmer’s handcraft takes place in Compatsch.
Toward 1 pm, the solemn parade arrives at the town centre of Kastelruth, where all participants may expect a further feast with typical dishes, Krapfen, beverages and life music. The feast in Kastelruth begins already at 10 o’clock as well.
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