"Alpstobete" and "Jakobifeier" festivities

“Alpstobete”: the “Stobete” festivities are among the highlights of the alpine summer. They take place during the second half of the alpine season, from mid-July to mid-August, on various different areas of alpine pasture and at the mountain inns. The “Alpstobete” became a tradition when the herdsmen used to visit each other in their “Stube” or living room. Nowadays, the “Stobete” begins with an open-air church service. The festivities that follow are accompanied by music and dancing, with interludes for yodelling and cowbell swinging, and are equally popular with locals and visitors alike. The event also always features the “Mölirad” (mill wheel), a dance for men, and the “Hierig”, a dance about love that covers courtship, quarrels and reconciliation.

“Jakobifeier”: the “Jakobifeier” is similar to the “Alpstobete”. It is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to St James’ Day, 25 July. Saint James is the patron saint of herdsmen and the “Jakobskapelle” chapel on the Kronberg is dedicated to him. This may be how the “Jakobifeier” came about. A string band plays music for dancing. Farmers, locals and visitors all dance together, either in walking boots or barefoot. Groups wearing traditional dress demonstrate folk dances. Just like at the “Alpstobete” and the Herdsmen’s Ball, the “Mölirad” and “Hierig” dances always form part of the programme.

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