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In South Germany common name for a festival at the end of vintage (Fall) occurring person in the role of a joker. But home to this ancient tradition is the Alsace in imitation of medieval court jesterism. For the role, a somewhat stupid person from the flock of reading assistants was selected, whose body and face were smeared with dark grape juice or soot. This became the target of ridicule and jokes of the whole society. The Herbstschmüerel endeavored to blacken all persons (to smear, of which the "schmüerel" is derived), which were encountered in the train on the way. Sometimes he would sit on a barrel with clothes turned upside down. Locally different he was also called "Bacches" or "Bachele", which means "smaller Bacchus "Meant. Another fun role in the vintage festival played the Herbstmuck, The two could also occur together. See also other old practices under Customs in viticulture,

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