German Summer Holidays

Midsummer's Eve

On June 21, the summer solstice, also known as the Feast of St. John, is a festive celebration of the beginning of the sun's descent into Winter. Popular activities during this event are marking field boundaries with torches, rolling flaming wooden wheels, lighting bonfires at the top of hills and mountains, jumping over special fires known as St. John's fires, burning animal bones on the northern side of the churches to drive away spirits, and wrestling matches. The villagers also ring bells, sprinkle holy water, and wear dragon masks.

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