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A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show, the traditional parade where people in costumes and masks perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter, in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 10, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show, the traditional parade where people in costumes and masks perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter, in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 10, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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11 Dec 2016 13:07:00
A participant dressed as the Krampus creature pulls a barrel of fire past onlookers during his search for delinquent children in Neustift im Stubaital. (Photo by Sean Gallup)

“Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair”. – Wikipedia. Photo: A participant dressed as the Krampus creature pulls a barrel of fire past onlookers during his search for delinquent children in Neustift im Stubaital. (Photo by Sean Gallup)
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05 Dec 2013 08:29:00
Devils Parade In Krampus Procession

Members of the Koatlacker devil's association (Koatlacker Tuifl) dressed as demonic creatures take part in a Krampus procession on December 4, 2011 in Prad near Merano, Italy. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
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05 Dec 2011 13:17:00
A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus parade in Kaprun, Austria on December 5, 2017. Krampus is a mythical creature that, according to legend, accompanies Saint Nicholas during the festive season. Instead of giving gifts to good children, he punishes the bad ones. (Photo by APA-PictureDesk GmbH/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus parade in Kaprun, Austria on December 5, 2017. Krampus is a mythical creature that, according to legend, accompanies Saint Nicholas during the festive season. Instead of giving gifts to good children, he punishes the bad ones. (Photo by APA-PictureDesk GmbH/Rex Features/Shutterstock)
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09 Dec 2017 02:20:00
A person dressed as the Krampus performs during the 9th Krampus meeting show in Serfaus, Tyrol, Austria, 12 November 2016. (Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA)

A person dressed as the Krampus performs during the 9th Krampus meeting show in Serfaus, Tyrol, Austria, 12 November 2016. Several thousand people watched the parade of about 27 artists groups from Austria and South Tyrol, Italy. The Krampus is a folklorical figure who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. (Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA)
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14 Nov 2016 10:02:00
A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 12, 2015. Each year people in traditional costumes and masks parade through the streets to perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus show in the southern Bohemian town of Kaplice, December 12, 2015. Each year people in traditional costumes and masks parade through the streets to perform an old ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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14 Dec 2015 08:05:00
A man dressed in a traditional Perchten costume and mask performs during a Perchten festival in the western Austrian village of Huben November 22, 2014. (Photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

A man dressed in a traditional Perchten costume and mask performs during a Perchten festival in the western Austrian village of Huben November 22, 2014. Each year in November and January people in the western Austria regions dress up in Perchten (also known in some regions as Krampus or Tuifl) costumes and parade through the streets to perform a 1,500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. (Photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)
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24 Nov 2014 13:50:00
Gymnast Valeria Kurochkina from Yekaterinburg performs during the Circus of Our Childhood festival at the Yekaterinburg Circus in Yekaterinburg, Russia on December 7, 2019. The festival marks the centenary of establishing state circuses in Russia. (Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS)

Gymnast Valeria Kurochkina from Yekaterinburg performs during the Circus of Our Childhood festival at the Yekaterinburg Circus in Yekaterinburg, Russia on December 7, 2019. The festival marks the centenary of establishing state circuses in Russia. (Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS)
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10 Dec 2019 00:07:00