Almabtrieb


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Almabtrieb

September
The Return from the Mountain Pasture is an autumn festival that takes place around Salzburg, Austria, and other areas in the German Alps on the day that the cattle are driven down from the mountain pastures to their winter shelter. The cattle are decorated with flowers and the Sennerinnen, or herding girls, who lead them wear traditional costumes that vary from place to place. Sometimes the cattle are brought to their final destination on flower-decked boats that ferry them across the mountain lakes. Once the cattle are safely in for the winter, the farmers hold welcome-home feasts which are followed by music, dancing, and singing.
See also Alpaufzug and Cow Fights
CONTACTS:
National Park Administration Salzburg
Neukirchen am Grv. 306
Salzburg, A-5741 Austria
43-656-2408-4933
www.salzburg.gv.at/en/en-index
SOURCES:
FestWestEur-1958, p. 70
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