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Wood carver Hans Schwabl (26) paints at a traditional wooden Perchten mask in his factory in Inzell, southern Germany, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The masks are made for the upcoming Saint Nicolas Buttnmandl and Perchten parades in November and December around the Alp regions, in southern Germany and Austria. During the Buttnmandl parades, unmarried men, known as Buttnmandl and Krampusse, are dressed in straw or skins with wooden masks or skins over their heads and large cow-bells tied around their hips to make loud noises. They follow Saint Nicholas from house to house on December 5 and 6 every year to bring luck to the good ones and punish the idles. The Perchten parades take place after Christmas. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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