Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Herz Jesu celebrations

The Herz Jesu celebrations are specific to Tyrol. In 1796 the region was threatened with invasion by French troops under Napoleon. As thousands of Tyrolean volunteers organized local militias to defend their homeland representatives formed a parliament and decided to dedicate Tyrol to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Today people gathered in the church in their traditional costume and there was to be a parade round the town but unfortunately heavy rain changed this and people were seen to gather in some of the hotels for refreshment.
The lighting of bonfires last night was also part of this celebration and the bonfires, crosses, and other symbols that mark the festival take weeks of preparation and planning.


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