Towards the end of winter, fires brighten up the night sky in Appenzell Innerrhoden to bid farewell to the cold on «Bonfire Sunday», or «Spark Sunday». As the last chords and drum rolls performed by the Carnival marching band fade into the background, schoolchildren from Appenzell and surrounding communities eagerly start collecting branches and shrubs. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, adults help the children pile up the collected material to create gigantic, elaborate bonfires on clearly visible bonfire sites around Appenzell. The «Funkebaabe», a witch doll that is filled with fireworks, is placed on the very top of the bonfire and is seen as a personification of the winter that the fire is symbolically putting to an end.


Appenzell and surrounding communities


The fourth Sunday of Lent