'Biikebrennen' in Schleswig-Holstein

While other regions in Germany are still gripped by carnival fever, people in northern Germany are celebrating a festival of their own on 21 February 2013 – the biikebrennen. In accordance with an ancient North Frisian custom, bonfires are lit along the North Sea shores of Schleswig-Holstein in an effort to drive out the winter.

This atmospheric festival is popular with locals and visitors alike, and burns brightest in the seaside towns of St. Peter-Ording and Husum and on the North Frisian islands. Food and drink also play a part in the festivities, as the lighting of the fires is traditionally followed by a hearty meal of curly kale.