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Launching of Burning Disks

Launching of Burning Disks in the Silandro-Lasa holiday region

A Poetic Farewell to Winter

“Oh rhyme, rhyme, whose disc should this be?" This is the quaint Venosta Valley spoken melody as it occurs in the archaic ritual of launching burning discs known as Scheibenschlagen. In the holiday region Silandro-Lasa, as in the rest of Venosta Valley, many of these pagan, later Christianized customs have been preserved up until today. Every first Sunday of Lent between Vezzano/Vetzan and Malles/Mals, the traditional Scheibenschlagen takes place – Winter is thereby expelled and love and fertility poetically evoked in a fire ritual.

In order for Spring to show its blooming face, the demons of the cold and darkness must be expelled first. Wooden discs mounted on sticks are made to glow in an open fire. The red-hot slices are then sent flying off into the wide valley accompanied by rhyming chants and well-wishes. If the disc flew off easily and “flew well", then it will bring good luck. In the end, a witch made of straw, and a few meters tall, which symbolizes the Winter, is burned.
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Hike along ancient irrigation channels at the Monte Sole, in the Stilfser Joch National Park or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.
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