Krampus runners wreak havoc on streets of Munich

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Some 25 Krampus groups took part in the traditional Krampus Run in Munich on Sunday. Apart from German Krampus groups, this year's run saw groups from such German-speaking areas as Austria and the Italian province of South Tyrol. The Krampus Run is an annual event, traditionally held at the Christkindlmarkt in Munich. During the run, attendees in masks of the beast made way through crowds, occasionally picking individuals and mock-beating them. This tradition stems from the Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, where a Krampus is portrayed as a beast punishing misbehaving children.