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Village Tour Villanders

Schützenkompanie Villanders


Böllerschießen, or "Böllern"—historically referred to as "Measchern" (Mortaring) in the local dialect—is a cherished tradition in Tyrol. The idea of making noise with gunpowder likely dates back to the discovery of gunpowder itself. Böllern is used to express joy over special events or holidays, both religious and secular. It is also believed to drive away evil spirits and positively prepare the community for upcoming events.

In Villanders, Böllern for significant holidays or to announce them is an old custom. Unfortunately, this practice has sometimes led to fatal accidents. Böllern is also performed at marksmen festivals, funerals of long-time members of the marksmen company, for distinguished guests at events, and at weddings. It is also customary during sacramental blessings at outdoor altars during processions in Villanders.

Up until the 1950s, it was customary to use Böllern on festive days and the evenings before (known as the wake-up call). This usually took place at the ringing of the Angelus in the morning, at noon, and in the evening, and during the celebrations themselves, creating widespread attention.

In Villanders, Böllern takes place at Kircheck, also known as "Schiaßegga," on special festive days. Before World War II, there were two so-called "shooting huts" here. One, built of wood and dismantled during the war, stored a large wooden funnel used to fire the mortars. The funnel carried the sound to the opposite side of the valley, where the echo could be heard. The smaller hut, which still stands today, was used to store the mortars and gunpowder.

Currently, Böllern on holidays is carried out by the Villanders marksmen company. The festive atmosphere is further emphasized by the hoisting of the white-red state flag, the green-white marksmen's flag—both adorned with the Tyrolean eagle—and the yellow-white church flag.

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