Mayrhofner Advent

Get in the mood for the most peaceful time of the year

and let us tell you a story...

THE STORY BEHIND “SILENT NIGHT”

Once upon a time… the classic opening line of a fairy-tale, which we all remember from our childhood. Once upon a time… is, however, also how the true story of the world famous Christmas carol “Silent Night” begins. The so-called song of songs, it has been translated into more than 300 languages and UNESCO has declared it an intangible piece of Austrian cultural heritage. That’s a lot of fuss over such a simple, short song as “Silent Night”.

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Christmas 70 years ago in Mayrhofen

….and all of a sudden it is Advent again. A time of peace and contemplation - or so they say. The commotion begins during the first weekend in Advent, the Advent wreath is supposed to be finished, before being blessed in the church, Christmas cookies should be baked in the afternoon so the festive aroma of baking spreads through the apartment, stimulating happy anticipation for Christmas...

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Mayrhofner Advent Angel

Specially created for the Mayrhofen Advent at the Waldfestplatz, the Mayrhofen Advent Angel is a delicious gingerbread biscuit with marzipan and sugar icing, as well as a certain (secret) extra ingredient!

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Anklöpfeln - a cultural heritage

It is listed on the register of Austria's Intangible Cultural Heritages – the custom of "Anklöpfeln" carol singing on the last three Thursday evenings before Christmas. This beautiful tradition is still celebrated in the Zillertal Valley. It is intended to convey the story of Maria and Joseph searching for shelter preceding the birth of the Infant Jesus.

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Christmas Day in 1944 in Mayrhofen

It is particularly touching when people who can still remember the terrible times of war, tell of how Christmas, the festival of love and peace, was celebrated.

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A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright

A candle of hope in December’s dark night… Many people have a beautiful Advent wreath to get in a festive mood during the run-up to Christmas. The wreath symbolises a number of things.

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and be inspired ...

"Anklöpfln" is a cherished Tyrolean tradition. The "Anklöpfer" (carol singers) go from house to house during Advent to announce the imminent arrival of Our Redeemer with music.