Tradition & Carneval
The Huttler from Igls and Vill-Their Meaning
Carnival event in the center of Igls
on Sunday before Shrove Tuesday
In Igls and Vill, there has been a long tradition of Huttler giahn-‘going as a Huttler’. This traditional carnival custom is meant to drive out the winter. Like in many other Tyrolean towns, it may only be performed by men. The Huttler period starts after the Day of Epiphany and ends on Shrove Tuesday. During this period, the Huttler from Igls and Vill perform not only at carnival processions, at the Mullerschaug’n parade and other village events, but also visit many farms and private homes to drive out the winter and bring luck to the people. The various kinds of traditional Huttler figures in Igls and Vill are the Hexenpaar [witch couple], the Bären [bears], the Schianen [beauties], the Plattler [traditional folk dancers], the Zottler [personifications of the winter months], and the Bajazzo [jester]. Unique to Igls are the Meckipaar. This hedgehog couple was initiated by the Igls elementary school and the wood carver ‘Raindl’ and is now a traditional element of the Huttler performances. The individual figures appear in a fixed order and are characterised by certain movements, dances, and Plattler performances. Afterwards, the Huttler spread fertility and happiness among the viewers with a Schlag [tap]. Following the dance of honour and the unmasking, the Plattler give proof of their skills with a cross polka before the individual figures leave the ballroom again. Great importance is attached to handing down the tradition to the village children and youngsters. During the carnival period, the young Huttler feverishly await Shrove Monday, when they are allowed to dress up as Huttler to visit an old people’s home in Innsbruck and then do a hotel and village tour in Igls.
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