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PREIST, Germany - A young man from the community of Preist lights a bonfire. In the Eifel region, the first Sunday of Lent is called “Huettensonntag.” Following an ancient tradition, townsfolk believe the lighting of huge bonfires can chase away winter spirits. The young people of the village build a hut from straw and brushwood that is later set on fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff)


Lent in Germany

PREIST, Germany - A young man from the community of Preist lights a bonfire. In the Eifel region, the first Sunday of Lent is called “Huettensonntag.” Following an ancient tradition, townsfolk believe the lighting of huge bonfires can chase away winter spirits. The young people of the village build a hut from straw and brushwood that is later set on fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff)

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