It’s time to celebrate:
this custom harks back to a time in which people spent the long nights around Christmas up to 6 January trying to curb the nefarious deeds of evil spirits.
When and where:
the period of “Rauhnächte”, or “smoke nights”, begins on the feast day of St. Thomas, on 21 December, and continues until 6 January. Local people celebrate this tradition in various regions of Bavaria