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Germany: Bavarians blast demons out of the sky with guns for Christmas tradition02:36

Germany: Bavarians blast demons out of the sky with guns for Christmas tradition

Germany, Berchtesgaden
December 24, 2016 at 17:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

The 'Heimatkundeverein' association, or the Hometown Club, fired guns at demons on Berchtesgaden's mountain on Saturday, as part of an age-old Christmas-time tradition.

The ancient practice of shooting away demons, which was first recorded in 1666, falls on the shortest days of the year. The ceremony was later adopted as a Christian practice to celebrate the seven days before Christmas.

In total, there are 17 associations in the Berchtesgaden region. The groups shoot twice a day between December 17 and December 24. The first event is at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) and the second is at 23:30 (22:30 GMT). On most afternoons, only several dozen members participate, however, on Christmas Eve the numbers grow to between 1,500 and 2,000.

Germany: Bavarians blast demons out of the sky with guns for Christmas tradition02:36
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The 'Heimatkundeverein' association, or the Hometown Club, fired guns at demons on Berchtesgaden's mountain on Saturday, as part of an age-old Christmas-time tradition.

The ancient practice of shooting away demons, which was first recorded in 1666, falls on the shortest days of the year. The ceremony was later adopted as a Christian practice to celebrate the seven days before Christmas.

In total, there are 17 associations in the Berchtesgaden region. The groups shoot twice a day between December 17 and December 24. The first event is at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) and the second is at 23:30 (22:30 GMT). On most afternoons, only several dozen members participate, however, on Christmas Eve the numbers grow to between 1,500 and 2,000.

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