Dates 2020: 13th DecemberAn ancient and unique custom in Bavaria! This traditional St Lucia festival of light transforms the river into a sea of light every year on 13th December from 6 p.m. in Fürstenfeldbruck.
This pre-Christmas custom dates back to a flood that threatened the town back in the 18th century. On the festival of St Lucia the children of Fürstenfeldbruck crafted models of the houses of the town, set them on rafts, put little candles inside them to light them up and floated them down the river Amper.
Lo and behold, the fold waters receded and the town was spared. From that day to this the feats of St Lucia has become a very special day for all the people of Fürstenfeldbruck as well as for visitors far and wide. After a short service in St Leonhard’s church some 200 lovingly crafted rafts are set afloat on the river Amper and spread their light as they float downstream.