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SUMMER SOLSTICE AND MIDSUMMER EVE IN GERMANY
Thought of as a triumph of sun and light over cold and darkness by 'the ancients', Solstice, is still celebrated by huge bonfires throughout Germany, and like many of Germany's festivities those for Sommer-Sonnenwende, summer solstice, and Johannisnacht, midsummer eve, can be traced back to pagan and pre-Christian days.
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Francine McKenna, German Culture Editor