One very popular custom that occurs in the springtime of each year is the daffodil festival known to the Austrians as Narzissenfest. Prodigious sculptures are created from thousands of fresh daffodils and these beautiful creations are then paraded on wagons and boats throughout the town of Altaussee for all to admire. Another important annual custom in June of each year is the procession of Prangstangen in the towns of Muhr and Zederhaus, where long poles are decorated with thousands of flowers and are carried around in ceremonial fashion by the stronger young unmarried men in the village. The promise to carry heavy poles decorated with flowers is derived from a centuries old oath the villagers made to be spared from grasshopper swarms. The poles are then stored in churches until the festival of Maria Himmelfahrt in August. At that time the flowers are burnt and used to smoke food. At summer's end there is another procession that occurs in the alpine regions of Austria. It's called Almabtriebe (cow train) where the villagers round up all the cows that have been left alone to graze on the hillsides all summer long. The cows are decorated with bouquets of fresh flowers and floral ornaments and the procession of cows then comes down into the valleys where most of the townspeople and villagers reside. At the conclusion the cows are herded into stables until the following spring. We offer fresh flower delivery throughout Austria six days a week. Whether you're sending flowers to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck or Tyrol we've got the perfect floral gift that's sure to make a lasting impression.
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