Ancient custom: Easter fire
For two years they could not take place in many places - the traditional Easter bonfires. This year, everyone who enjoys this centuries-old custom will finally get their money's worth again. Whether as part of large public events or in private circles, many thousands of fires will burn throughout Germany.4 Apr 2022
Often, the local fire departments themselves host the burning of the Easter fires. Elsewhere, the regulatory authorities require them to monitor the fires to ensure that nothing happens. Whether and under what conditions Easter bonfires are permitted in one's own backyard depends on the regulations, which vary from region to region. Information is provided by the public order offices. Above all, it's a matter of safety.
The fire departments therefore give twelve safety tips for the Easter fire:
Already the old Egyptians...
Of course, the fire departments wish all Easter fire fans the joy of exorcising winter with this annual ritual. That, at least, is the original meaning of the fires. The pagan custom was to accompany the change from winter to spring. But according to tradition, the ancient Egyptians also lit large funeral pyres. They were supposed to attract the sun to the earth. The custom was later adopted by the Christians. According to this, a small fire was blessed by a priest on Easter Eve. On it the priest lit a candle, which was then carried into the dark church. The Easter candle symbolized Christ as the light of the world.
Nowadays, the religious occasion has rather faded into the background. Easter bonfires became a popular meeting place in towns and villages and take place - depending on the region - on Good Friday, Saturday or Sunday and occasionally still on Easter Monday.
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