Bavaria: customs: men wear 13-meter trunk on Bogenberg

Bogen (dpa/lby) - The Holzkirchen candle pilgrimage to the Bogenberg took place in warm, muggy weather in Lower Bavaria - after the forced break due to the corona pandemic this year, again in front of hundreds of spectators.

Bavaria: customs: men wear 13-meter trunk on Bogenberg

Bogen (dpa/lby) - The Holzkirchen candle pilgrimage to the Bogenberg took place in warm, muggy weather in Lower Bavaria - after the forced break due to the corona pandemic this year, again in front of hundreds of spectators. As tradition would have it, "strong men" from Holzkirchen, a district of Ortenburg (Passau district), carry a 13-meter-long candle to the pilgrimage church on the Bogenberg near Straubing, about 75 kilometers away. The candle is a tree trunk that is wrapped in red wax and weighs around 45 kilograms.

After the start of the pilgrimage on Friday in Holzkirchen, the pilgrims were first greeted by onlookers on Sunday afternoon at the market square in Bogen, from where they set out for the nearby Bogenberg. It is also a tradition that only one of the "strong men" takes turns carrying the candle, standing upright. The respective porter hurried up the steep hiking trail a few meters at a run before someone else took over the trunk.

Drenched in sweat, the men arrived at the pilgrimage church - to the applause of the spectators. After a lap of honor around the church, the men put down the trunk and brought it into the church.

According to tradition, it goes back to a vow in 1475, according to which a candle sacrifice should be brought to the Bogenberg every year - in gratitude for the help of the Mother of God against the spread of the bark beetle. Since this year, the pilgrimage has been included in the Bavarian State Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.