Mullen and Matschgern (derives from mask/ to mask) is a century-old tradition, which is carried out on the night of Shrove Tuesday in the MARTHA villages north of Innsbruck. The processions main figures are witches, Melcher, mirror-tuxer, zaggler and zottler along with other supporting characters. Each figure has a role allocated, the witches being precursors, other figures like the mirror-tuxer simply impressing with their imposing appearance, while others act as constables. The climax of the hustle and bustle is the so-called Mullen or Abmullen, a form of testimony of honour, where the bearer of the custom chooses a person from the audience to rub his shoulders and give him a little smack on the back. This Mullen or Matschgern can either occur within an inn or restaurant or in the streets of the villages.