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Germans Spring Into Easter With Bonfire Tradition

People watch an Easter bonfire next to the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday.
Image: People watch an Easter bonfire next to the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany
People watch an Easter bonfire next to the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on April 19. EPA

People watch an Easter bonfire next to the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. The age-old tradition symbolizes the coming of spring and was believed to banish the evil spirits of winter.

People gather around a traditional Easter bonfire in Bayern, Germany, on April 19.Nicolas Armer / EPA