What Do We Do?
We have our own charity event every December. Otherwise we participate in charity walks, community parades, conventions and any other cultural event on a voluteer basis.
Want To Get Involved?
First, visit the LA Krampus website for answers to many of your questions.
Then, if you want to be part of the performing troupe, get a costume together and join us! We hit Fountain Square in December.
Yeah! The St. Nicholas/Krampus tradition is considered a bit of a carnival, mummery and holiday rolled into one. The traditions get a little muddy, but typically you could be...
- A Krampus - Furry, beast-like, humanoid creature; let loose to punish the wicked while under the yoke of St. Nicholas. Depicted often in furs, with wild sets of horns, wearing chains and goat bells.
- St. Nicholas/Nikolo - The keeper of the "golden book", which lists the good deeds of children. St. Nicholas leads and commands the wild Krampus, dispensing virtuous verses for families as St Nicholas and his procession visits households on December 5th/6th.
- Nikoloweibl - "Nicholas Wife" - Female companion of St Nicholas who also delivers treats to good children.
- Schabmänner, Knecht Ruprecht, or Basketman - Austrian traditions vary, but this figure typically appears as a bearded old man carrying either a basket or sack filled with treats for good children and switches for the bad children.
- Angels - Because... why not? It's partially a holy holiday afterall. Angels often take the place of the Nikoloweibl. Non-traditional groups may have both "light" and "dark" angels.
- Witch - Think of your classic old crone witch, in rags, hooked nose and a broom. A "Halloween" style witch doesn't apply. Witches in the tradition probably come from Frau Perchta. Perchta is also associated with Fastnacht before Lent and other mid-winter celebrations. Perchta (or variations on the figure), would sometimes punish households for not being tidy and clean. In other traditions, she led the lost souls of the dead or was the leader of the "wild hunt" of ghosts through the twelve nights of Christmas.
- Perchten - A wild mystical beast of the forest, follower of Perchta. Young men would dress up as Perchten to drive out evil spirits during the dark days of winter. Prechten are likely the fore-runner of the modern Krampus.
There are quite a few other Bavarian winter festival figures that could be included. You can read all about them in the book Krampus and The Dark Old Christmas. Otherwise we can always use help with organizing and general logicstics of making things happen.
What About Tradition?
We'll worry about that when there's more than a few of us in Indianapolis. No disrespect is intended and we hold the traditions and the purists in high regards. We are slowly moving towards more traditional costumes.
Need Some More Info? Want To Join?
Our Facebook page is a good way to reach us. Also you can email us at email@example.com