People in South Tyrol, so also in Merano and environs, are very traditional and keep their ancient customs very much alive, making sure they are not forgotten. Merano and environs offer a variety of events, focusing on customs and tradition, the whole year round. "Törggelen" is an extremely popular tradition in South Tyrol, originally organised by farmers who invited their harvest aid to join them in a feast. The meals and drinks served then are still the same as today: filled pasta pockets ("Schlutzkrapfen"), savoury meats and sausages, roasted chestnuts, sweet doughnuts with jam or a nut or poppy seed filling and young wine.
One of the most traditional events in Merano / Meran is the grape festival in autumn, the most famous harvest festival in South Tyrol, which has been taking place on the third weekend of October every year since 1886. The highlight of this festival is the colourful Sunday parade with music and beautifully decorated festive cars.
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, you can witness a spectacular sight in Merano and environs and everywhere in Tyrol. In memory of the "Sacred Heart promise" of 1796, which is believed to have helped Andreas Hofer in achieving the victory over the French, fires are lit on the mountain peaks - in the shape of hearts, crosses or a symbol for Christ.
If you would like to gain deeper insight into history, customs and traditions of Merano and environs, visit one of the many museums in Merano / Meran, Tyrol Castle or the many other castles in the holiday region.