Easter bonfire in the Lungau – An ancient custom returns after two years


Tonight, traditional groups and tradition-conscious young people will make the Lungau shine again. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the unique, artistically crafted Easter bonfires are once again burning throughout the district during the Easter Vigil.

Today’s Easter Vigil is finally here: a fixed point in the Lungau customs calendar can return to normal for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

With the Easter fires, an age-old tradition returns. Originally a Germanic custom in honor of the goddess Ostara, the people of Lungau celebrate the Lord’s resurrection and the awakening of spring in equal measure. Legend has it that in 1797 the advancing French were surprised by the obligatory cannon shots and fled.

“We are really looking forward to it. In recent years, something was just missing in the spring,” says Maximilian Aigner of the rural youth in Unternberg. For three weeks, ten young locals worked at the Easter bonfire.

Source: Krone


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