Mountains in flames 2015
20th June 2015
Saalfelden Leogang offers a great range of culture events in uncommon places. Like every year the peaks of the Steinerne Meer and the Leoganger Steinberger are in flames.(24.06.2017)
Hundred of fires are to be lit across the Steinernes Meer Plateau and Leogang Mountains on this evening to flash across the night sky. The tradition can be traced back to pre-Christian times, when fire was thought to summon and reproduce sunlight. Meadows and fields could therefore be inspired to produce good harvests, went the theory.
When the chain of mystical lights of small bonfires illuminate the mountain peaks after dark, it is the shortest night of the year, Midsummers night - a traditional custom of the 14th century. The...