Culture and custom
Culture in the Murau-Kreischberg region
A colourful mix of events can be attended throughout the year. Local artists and national ensembles are both very much in evidence. Various cultural associations put their heads together to supervise events and promote local culture. The Murau School of Music and the Stadtbücherei Murau (library) also make some wonderful contributions. There's a whole host of things to look forward to, from chamber concerts, theatre performances, summer gallery, readings to all kinds of music evenings.
Custom in the Murau-Kreischberg region
Many traditional events take place every year. There are always plenty of volunteers on hand to continue local traditions, taking every care to make sure that events go off without a hitch. Easter and Christmas are particularly busy times of year, with many customs practised all over Styria that express each respective tradition.
Customs over the year in Styria
Naturally, there are also a number of customs that are not necessarily linked with a specific event. Many of these have their origins in the church. The traditional erecting of the maypole usually goes hand-in-hand with some celebrations, as does the cutting of the maypole. The classic April Fool's Day on 1 April also falls under the category of customs. At the Harvest Festival, people give thanks for a healthy, ample harvest. In eastern Styria, the "Pudelmuatta" makes her appearance during the Advent season, bringing children fruit and sweets. On 6 January, the "Glöckler" (bell-ringing figures) in the district of Liezen usher in good luck for the whole year by surrounding people as they proceed on their Glöcklerlauf (a kind of parade). The local vernacular, or dialect of individual regions, is also classified as a custom.
Traditional and modern costume
The costumes of a particular region also reflect its roots and traditions. You can tell the difference by the material, the colour and the patterns. Traditional costume has actually become rather fashionable over recent years: at balls, for example, the invitations cite "evening wear or traditional dress" or, as the Styrians so nicely put it, "You are always fully dressed in a dirndl and lederhosen". A Trachtenjanker (jacket) or a traditional shirt also go well with jeans.