Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Berchta, or Bertha (O.H.G. Perahta, bright), corresponded in the ancient superstitions of South Germany to the goddess Hulda in the North. She was, however, of a more stern and forbidding character than her northern sister, and her festival was a fast prescribed under severe penalties. Her personality has been a little mixed up with that of historical Berthas, and enters into many local legends. Perhaps through the attribute "brightness" she was especially associated with the feast of the Epiphany.