Germans have traditionally gathered around the billowing flames of Easter Fires, or Osterfeuer, for centuries. The fire traditionally symbolizes ushering out the cold and darkness with the resurrection of Christ and the advent of springtime. The ashes from the fire were then spread over the fields to fertilize the soil to improve crops for the coming year.
While there were once several Easter Fire celebrations in Texas, the Fredericksburg celebration is the only surviving one. Today, the event brings numerous tourists to the town for fairground pageants, but the fire originated as a German folk tradition. In fact, the first Fredericksburg Easter Fire dates back to 1847.
According to local folklore, the celebration started when Comanche scouts lit signal fires to communicate with their chiefs were were negotiating a treaty with German leader John O. Meusebach. The signal fires frightened some of the German children and, in an effort to calm the children, a mother told the little ones that it was just the Easter Bunny cooking up eggs for the Easter celebrations.
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