there are many ancient customs to celebrate summer solstice or midsummer.
here in tirol – especially around innsbruck – “sonnwendfeuer” (also: “bergfeuer”) is a tradition with pre-christian roots: fires are lit atop the mountains to celebrate the longest day of the year.
a few friends and i took part in the event last saturday, and helped form a sun symbol close to seegrube and hafelekar. weather conditions were not ideal, with heavy clouds and some rain during the day. just before we set the fuel brickets on fire, though, “the rain let up and the sun came up, and we were gettin’ dry” – well, except for the sun. ;)