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Traditions that live on

Traditional values and modernity go hand-in-hand in the Hall-Wattens region. Ancient customs steadfastly defy the passage of time, as they are so deeply rooted in the people's consciousness.

Shrovetide customs are not in themselves tourist attractions, but genuinely reflect the region's culture heritage, which is firmly imprinted in the local population's genes by history.

Pilgrimages
Pilgrimages

The most important shrine to the Virgin Mary in Tyrol, the Way of St James, the Path of Contemplation and also many churches in the region welcome pilgrims from near and far ...

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Shrovetide customs
Shrovetide customs

The quiet, reflective Christmas period is drawing to an end. While those precious cribs passed down through the generations are slowly being stowed away, preparations for the colourful Shrovetide festivities are already getting underway.

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Christ on a Donkey procession
Christ on a Donkey procession

The Hall-Wattens region is proud of its cultural heritage; in both religious and secular respects. In rural parts many customs have been protected and are still nurtured to this day.

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Guards of the Sacrament – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Hall-Wattens region
Guards of the Sacrament – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Hall-Wattens region

The tradition of guarding and honouring the Eucharist at religious processions has been upheld for centuries in Hall, Thaur and Volders. The four Sacramental Guards (‘Partisan Guard of Hall in Tirol’, ‘Partisan Bond of Thaur’, ‘Partisan Bond of Volders’ and ‘Salva Guardia of Schwaz’ known as ‘Tyrolean Guard of the Sacrament’) were inscribed on the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.

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