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in summary
Lantern parade

When autumn comes to an end, a popular event approaches for the children of the tribe. Days before, the houses are already being worked and tinkered, and many colourful lanterns are being created for the lantern parade on 11 November. The tribal members celebrate this day at the same time as the Catholic St. Martin's Day, whereby not the Christian St. Martin legend, but much more original, archaic myths play a role. For the tribal members these are the first celebrations in connection with the approaching winter time. It is about creating a field of tension between darkness and light. The Lantern procession reminds us of the time of increasing darkness in the coming winter, of the anticipation of the forthcoming Advent season and represents an anticipation of the experience of the birth of light in the darkness, which has its solemn climax at the celebration of the winter solstice.

For many years the Likatians moved from their old town houses in Füssen towards evening to the Baumgarten above the Lech, which borders directly on the medieval Hohe Schloss. A very romantic backdrop for the many colourful lights and their small carriers. For some years now, however, the lantern parade has been taking place in a different location in the Füssen area. One moves together through meadows to the so-called "Frauenstein" (not to be confused with the castle ruin Frauenstein in Hohenschwangau!), which probably already served here our Celtic ancestors for cultic actions.

 

 


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