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Experience church traditions first-hand

Many visitors may wonder how authentic and traditional the church festivals in and around Salzburg really are. Local music societies treat us to colorful processions, the dress code generally being folk costume, while beloved traditions such as the so-called “Palm Bushes” and Christmas Nativity scenes are passed down from one generation to the next.

Easter, Christmas – and much in between

The most important Catholic holidays are Easter and Christmas. During these feast days, the program in Salzburg includes religious celebrations along with numerous folk traditions. On and around St. Rupert’s Day on 24 September (Rupert is the patron saint of Salzburg), Salzburgers show that traditions still are a vibrant part of daily life in this part of the world. And we shouldn’t forget the other towns and villages which lie just beyond the gates of Salzburg itself, each with its own folk customs that might well astonish you.

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