The Kaunertal nature park and the glacier region symbolises the timeless magic of the mountains. But the region - with its at times wild, at times tame, and always beautiful - nature is also a cultural space, which has grown for millennia and was always actively influenced by its inhabitants. Buildings and memorials, traditions and customs, religiousness and mysticism, nature and culture, then and now – all this is closely linked in Kaunertal creating a rare authenticity.
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"In Honour of Jesus" - When the mountains “go up in flames” at night time at the end of June, Tyrol honours a vow that it pledged more than 200 years ago.
But what was this vow? In 1796, Tyrol was under threat from France,
and preparations were made for war. Desperate at the superior power of the attacking enemies, Tyrol pledged itself to the “Sacred Heart of Jesus” to solicit God’s protection. A promise was made to honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a special way, to remain loyal to It and in return to receive protection and blessings if faith and homestead were in danger. The vow was renewed several times (such as during the struggle for freedom under Andreas Hofer in 1809), while the celebrations were shaped primarily during the 19th century. Then as now, processions take place after the Holy Mass on the 2nd Sunday after Corpus Christi. When darkness sets, traditional mountain fires are lit.
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