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Germany: See highlanders fire mortars to greet the Christmas holidays01:50

Germany: See highlanders fire mortars to greet the Christmas holidays

Germany, Bavaria
December 21, 2014 at 05:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

German highlanders dressed in traditional Bavarian garbs shot their hendheld and gunstock saluting guns at the Berchtesgaden Alps, Sunday, to greet the Christmas holidays.

The participants waited for the permission of the range officer before firing their saluting guns towards the mountains, or towards the Christ Child as the tradition says. Stefan Lang, a participants explained that hendheld saluting guns get loaded with black powder, which gets repressed to fire it with a muzzleloader. The saluting guns are not to be confused with conventional weapons, but are rather a "gadget to make noise with," Lang said.

The gathering has a long tradition in the area; Berchtesgaden residents allegedly have been practicing it for 350 years.

Germany: See highlanders fire mortars to greet the Christmas holidays01:50
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German highlanders dressed in traditional Bavarian garbs shot their hendheld and gunstock saluting guns at the Berchtesgaden Alps, Sunday, to greet the Christmas holidays.

The participants waited for the permission of the range officer before firing their saluting guns towards the mountains, or towards the Christ Child as the tradition says. Stefan Lang, a participants explained that hendheld saluting guns get loaded with black powder, which gets repressed to fire it with a muzzleloader. The saluting guns are not to be confused with conventional weapons, but are rather a "gadget to make noise with," Lang said.

The gathering has a long tradition in the area; Berchtesgaden residents allegedly have been practicing it for 350 years.

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