Christmas Shooting

Christmas Shooting

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Christmas Shooting is a very noisy custom in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany. About 200 marksmen gather at midnight above the Berchtesgaden valley and shoot rifles and mortars for an hour. The salvos echoing off the mountains can be heard for many miles. It is believed that the custom of making a loud racket began as a pagan rite to drive away evil spirits.
CONTACTS:
Visitors' Center Berchtesgadener Land
Bahnhofplatz 4
Berchtesgaden, 83471 Germany
49-18-058-65-200; fax: 49-86-529-67-402
en.berchtesgadener-land.com
SOURCES:
EncyChristmas-2003, p. 717
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