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Carnival in Axams
“Wampelerreiten” and other unforgettable carnival traditions
Laugh, celebrate and love life. Axams is one of the six major traditional carnival hotspots in Tyrol. The unforgettable celebrations bring together many traditional customs and lots of dancing – much to the delight of onlookers who look forward to this mad spectacle year after year. In addition to the famous “Wampeler" and "Reiter”, the celebrations also feature traditional characters, such as the “Tuxer”, “Flitscheler”, “altboarische Paarln”, “Nadln”, “Bujazzln”, witches and bears & bear handlers. The wild Tyrolean-style celebrations take the characters from guesthouse to guesthouse, where they share entertaining stories from the village and enthral onlookers both young and old.
“Wampelerreiten” – the carnival highlight in Axams
The celebrated finale and absolute highlight of the carnival celebrations in Axams is one of the roughest carnival traditions in the Alps. The famous “Wampelreiten” involves the “Reiter” (riders) attempting to toss the “Wampeler” (fat-bellied ones) onto their backs – symbolizing the struggle between the departing winter and the approaching spring. This rough tradition is always carried out on the last day of carnival (the Thursday before Shrove Tuesday) – and on a larger scale once every four years at the “Großer Axamer Faschingsumzug” celebrations on the Sunday before Lent.