St. Mary Magdalene’s Church Day: A Living Tradition
Mary Magdalene Procession & Festival: Living Tradition
Full of tradition. Religious and secular at the same time. The ‘Luitascher’ organise an annual procession in honour of St Mary Magdalene on July 22 – and celebrate the occasion afterwards. It is a real village tradition where the people of the Leutasch valley dress themselves in their finest regional costumes.
The church day has its origins in the dedication of the church in the Upper Leutasch valley to St Mary Magdalene when it was first built in 1190 and again for the newly-constructed church in 1820. The Patrocinium with a procession always takes place on July 22 – no matter which day it is – from the Upper Leutasch church. Luckily in the year 2018, the July 22 fell on a Sunday and the procession started at 10 am and the festival at the music pavilion can start at noon! This year, the 22nd of July is a Monday. More information about the program can be found here.
It’s festival time! Colourful regional costumes and a living tradition
The festival is celebrated as a secular village event after the religious service in Oberleutasch, as in many places. Certainly the ‘Luitascher’ will be putting on their finery for this important feast day: festival costumes are worn proudly during the Patrocinium and the subsequent procession.
Those visiting the region have a rare opportunity to experience a traditional church Patrocinium with the Feast of St Mary Magdalene and to share in the subsequent village celebrations. The afternoon programme is organised by the active ‘Luitascher’ clubs and associations who will be tempting visitors with sweet and savoury delights.
1 Feast – 2 Musical Groups
When the Egerland formation of the Leutasch band plays after the move into the festival square, everyone will already be gathered. From 6.30 pm the famous “JUHE aus Tirol” will be doing the honours at this year’s Feast of St Mary Magdalene and the dance floor will not stay empty…
No Shortage of Specialities
In addition to all the culinary delights, seven of the local clubs have their own specialities on offer: the sharpshooters with their shooting gallery, the football club Leutasch, the “Luitascher Tuifl” and the Volunteer Fire Brigade Leutasch are also present. The young farmers and the Landjugend regional youth organisation are looking after the bar and disco in the evening. The celebrations will be going on until midnight!
The culinary delights range from festival ‘Krapfen’ through grilled meats to the almost legendary “Musischnitzel” that is simply a part of the Feast of St Mary Magdalene…
St. Mary Magdalene’s Church Day (programme & information)
- Leutasch Band – Food (also the “Musischnitzel”)
- Leutasch Football Club – Drinks
- Volunteer Fire Brigade Leutasch
- Steinrösler Singing, Theatre and Traditional Costume Society – Sweet dishes, coffee and cake
- Leutasch Rifle Company – Shooting gallery
- Young Farmers/Regional Youth Leutasch– bar and evening disco
- Luitascher Tuifl
THE PROGRAMME (2019)
13.45: Procession from the Widum to the church by the associations
14.00: Church service in the Oberleutasch parish church with procession afterwards
16.15: Procession by the associations to the festival at the music pavilion in Weidach
from 16.30: Concert by the Egerländerformation of the Leutasch band
from 18.30: Dance and entertainment from the “JUHE aus Tirol”
Fotos: Iris Krug