This time of year, the Basel area is in Fasnacht mode. As part of a local city custom, the city of Liestal in Switzerland organizes the ‘Chienbäse’-procession. A Chienbäse is a cart or a bundle of wood, set on fire. These carts and bundles are carried through the city in a procession. The intention of this procession is to break the power of winter and drive winter away. A bundle is carried by one person and could weigh upto 70kg: the most spectacular parts of the procession are the carts. They can carry as much as 4m3 of burning wood, often creating flames as high as 10meters. I will try and give an impression of one of these carts going through town in a follow up post. This post is a closeup of one of these large carts. I was app. 2 meters away from this inferno. My face was basically protected by my camera: the heat literally burns the skin.
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