Easter fountains in Bavaria

GredingIn Bavaria there is a tradition to decorate public fountains for Easter. In German it’s called “Osterbrunnen” (Easter Fountain). It began in the early 20th century in a region called Franconian Switzerland in northern Bavaria but it has spread to other regions, too. And it is supposed that this custom could be a remnant of pre-Christian practices.

The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday till two weeks after Easter. This procedure is done to honour water (essential for life) and Easter (feast of renewed life). Eggs are as well used as paper ribbons, flowers and garlands of evergreens. As you can see on the picture, sometimes the garlands are formed into crowns over the fountains. The picture above is taken in a village called Greding (Bavaria) and the ones below in Franconian Switzerland.

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