More weird German Easter customs

While we’re on the subject of strange things Germans do at Eastertime, I should probably mention the tradition of rolling flaming wheels down hills. This one is a clip from Lügde in North-Rhine Westphalia. The idea is to stuff a wooden wheel with straw and set light to it as you shove it down a steep slope. Although this is nowadays an Easter tradition, its origins are actually older than Christianity… the symbolism is all about light returning after the Winter months.

Beats rolling painted eggs into a cocked hat!



Filed under About Germany, German festivals, Life in Germany

3 responses to “More weird German Easter customs

  1. That seems like a huge flaming accident waiting to happen.

  2. Whilst that looks like fun, I think I’ll stick to the massive Easter bonfires on the banks of the Elbe. Much safer.

  3. Wow! That was great but quite scary to see it going quite fast…

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