Exactly one day before New Year’s Eve – on 30th December – the farmers celebrate their own New Year’s Eve, the Farmers’ New Year’s Eve. Customs, fun and modern games, Carinthian dishes and music by “Matakustix” – traditional music mixed with pop and reggae elements – will see out the old year.
3rd Farmers’ New Year’s Eve with “Matakustix”
30th December 2018 Neuer Platz, starting at 7.30pm
Carinthian New Year’s Eve traditions, regional dishes, schnapps to warm up, with cool music and an unusual souvenir photo make the 3rd Farmers’ New Year’s Eve the place to be in the city.
• Farmers’ oracle • Barn photo box • Lucky blacksmith • Clog throwing • Fencepost counting • Hat hopping
With entertainment from:
• Ebersteiner Kirchtagsmusi • Matakustix
Start the New Year with a flirt at the Bauernsilvester
The practice does not have religious roots as such, but an impressively long history: In the year 46 BCE, Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, which still marks the passage of time today and which shifted the start of the year from 1 March to 1 January, marking out 31 December as New Year’s Eve. The day before was dedicated to preparations for the feast, to cleaning and tidying, but also to get-togethers and to playing tricks on people. Eating and drinking, the traditional manifestations of celebrating life, were an integral part of all this. For the younger rural population, the Bauernsilvester (literally: “Peasants’ New Year’s Eve”), had another interesting aspect, as it provided an opportunity – not particularly frequent in farming communities – to meet persons of the other sex, maybe even to lay the ground for announcing an engagement the following year.