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How to drive out winter with fire ...

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__ ...I drove off to Switzerland last Sunday, for the 100th anniversary of this unique carnival, set in the small town of Liestal, near Basel. This traditional celebration is known for the fact that burning “brooms” made of pine logs are carried through the picturesque old town of Liestal. These burning “brooms” can reach a weight of 20 to 100 kg and create an impressive spectacle.
__ The highlight of this Carnival are the 20 or so fire floats that play a prominent role in the procession. These iron wagons carry several tons of burning wood and create a fascinating spectacle of flames. The flames that flare up after passing through Liestal’s medieval gates are particularly spectacular, and may even cause a feeling of 'angst' ( or 'angscht', as shown in the third photo) to those who attend this festival for the first time. If you need a better understanding of the atmosphere that runs through the main street of Liestal during the fire parade, you may connect to this video of mine, or to that one, and why not to this particular one ?!
__ Thank you very much for your nice comments in my gallery lately. Zoom in for a better immersion in this somewhat hellish, though joyful and unforgettable Swiss carnival.


Comments (27)



1:00PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

I just love these kind of traditional European festivals or celebrations!



1:02PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

Nice shots!


Ken _Gilliland

1:04PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

interesting photo



3:26PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

Bravo au photographe pour ces superbes photos d’un carnaval très spectaculaire et enflammé !!



3:28PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

Superb captures !!



5:36PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

it seems like this ritual is dangerous. me i would catch myself a blaze. great captures of the event.



7:47PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

Interesting tradition. Good photos!



11:47PM | Fri, 23 February 2024

It sounds, and looks from the pictures, like you had a great time with this fascinating tradition.



2:00AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

Le premier qui dit "chaud devant !" sera expulsé ! Sont fous ces Suisses, vont mettre le feu à la vallée !!! En tout cas ça t'a donné l'occasion d'exprimer ton talent de photographe, tes images (et tes vidéos) sont absolument superbes et ce n'était pourtant pas simple à capturer, alors très grands bravos.



3:04AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

Wonderful photos



3:24AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

A remarkable spectacle!



7:44AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

Ce spectacle doit être vraiment impressionnant et vaut la peine d'être vu ! Magnifique série de photos, Jean-Luc !



8:48AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

I never knew of such a carnival, surprising, especially as I have been to Switzerland and have Swiss customers. Nice captures!



9:18AM | Sat, 24 February 2024

Certainly looks bright and warming!



1:02PM | Sat, 24 February 2024

Very beautiful photos of this tradition! Great to learn about it



6:11PM | Sat, 24 February 2024




8:07AM | Sun, 25 February 2024

Great shot !!!


8:26AM | Sun, 25 February 2024

I can understand someone feeling angst after seeing this. It must really stir the crowed at events such as this. Amazing photo, excellent capture!



10:12AM | Sun, 25 February 2024

Really spectacular photos of this impressive event, your video is also very well done, thank you for sharing, my friend.



3:19PM | Sun, 25 February 2024

You made this spectacle of fire a thing of beauty in your incredible night photographs...it looks like it would be quite an experience to be there to absorb the festivities...congrats my friend! :-)



10:22AM | Tue, 27 February 2024

Mazette ! J'ai beau savoir que tu vois chaque année ce joli carnaval (une forme de carnaval alémanique?) et que tu nous en apportes de magnifiques photos qui témoignent de tes talents de photographe expert, je ne m'habitue pas à autant de beauté ! C'est vrai que Rendo ne nous propose pas toujours à des œuvres de qualité et je te remercie de rehausser le niveau avec tes superbes photos. Tu me donnes réellement l'envie de voir ce Carnaval angoissant de plus près, mais pas de trop, pour ne pas me brûler ! Continue de nous inonder de belles images comme celles-ci ! On ne s'en lasse pas ! Congrats my friend !



1:28PM | Tue, 27 February 2024

beautiful shot!



4:32PM | Tue, 27 February 2024

Fantastic photo! The atmosphere comes across really well. I'd love to go there in person, but this is the next best thing! 💙



3:01PM | Thu, 29 February 2024

You have done a great job capturing this event!



8:46PM | Tue, 12 March 2024

This looks like a great place to visit and part take in the festivities and your captures sell the idea to me. Awesome work on capturing this event :)



10:45AM | Sat, 16 March 2024

wonderful shot !!!



7:41PM | Sat, 06 April 2024

Sorry I have been gone so long...taking care of the new kitty...Superb capture as always, this is definitely a different kind of carnival...I worked for a carnival when I was a teenager, loved it but not sure I would be a part of one like this...I enjoy it this way tho:)

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