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Where does the Klöckl come from?
The Sarntal Valley, place of origin of the Sarner Ski, was for a long time very remote and therefore traditions have been particularly well preserved here. “Klöckeln” is an Advent custom that is only found in this form in the Sarnthal Valley and nowhere else in South Tyrol or Central Europe.
The name "Klöckeln" comes from "klocken", which means "to knock" in the Sarntal Valley dialect. On the three Thursdays before the winter solstice, masked figures in traditional costume parade in the darkness with music, noise, goat horns, bells and roaring through the villages in the Sarentino Valley and precisely knock on the front doors of the houses. The winter spirits are to be driven out and fertility for the fields conjured up.