Pfeffern

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In Germany, Pfeffern ("peppering") is a spanking-related Christmas/New Year tradition. In some rural Catholic regions, children go from door to door through the village and hit the adult's (mostly on their legs) with a rod, after which they get a treat (sweets, pastries or money).

The tradition is documented since the 18th century.

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The boys and girls do this on different days. The boys go pfeffern on 28 December, Innocents' Day, with a willow rod, and target the females in the village. In some regions the rod is decorated with red ribbons. They ask "Schmeckt der Pfeffer gut?" ("Does the pepper taste good?", a food-related metaphor for spanking) and continue to "pepper" until their victim replies "Ja, es schmeckt gut" ("Yes, it tastes good") and gives them a treat.

The girls go "peppering" on New Year's Day (1 January). They use a rod made from birch or spruce and target the men and boys. They ask "Schmeckt das Neujahr gut?" ("Does the New Year taste good?"); the rest is the same as with the boys.

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