We were travelling around the Lungau on Easter Saturday admiring the different designs of the fires that were being built around the valley. I think this year is the first when it has rained on the day. One was done in a complicated twirl, another looked quite lopsided. Then someone asked me about what I had said in a blog about the children coming around with the rattles being a way of warding off evil spirits. So I checked up and in the book of Lungau Traditions, I stand corrected. The bells in the catholic church during the sad time from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, are turned off. The bells fly to Rome (!), and so the rattles were to tell people the time! So who fed me the false information, or was I privvy to some Lungau secret – is this how customs or folklore start??????
You’d have also thought that we’d learnt about shopping here. On impulse on Saturday we went to buy some outdoor carpet for our porch, at one of the biggest home furnishing shops. We wondered why we were served in such a hurry, only to hear an announcement that the shop was shutting at One o’clock for the holiday – how have we managed not to find this out in over five years -duh!!!!!!!!
PS. I’ve just had the spirit thing confirmed by someone else, so its both!