Friday, June 18, 2010

Johannisnacht - Johannisfeuer!

Johannisnight, Johannisfire


Celebrating the longest day/shortest night of the year, huge fires are being

ignited. It’s a very old ritual common all around Europe to protect the

harvest from hail, and keep all the "demons" away. Nowadays it’s a lot of fun to see

the huge fire, listen to music and eat and drink with friends and neighbors.

Look out at your village/town where people built up huge piles of wood, you

can be sure there will be a Johannis Celebration the following weekend.
 
A list can be found for the Erlangen area by going HERE, clicking "Freizeit&Tourismus" and then the "Kulturkalendar" on the lower right hand side of the page.  I also saw one listed in the Fest brochure.  You could also try your local town website.

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