Funkensonntag [Bonfire Sunday] is an ancient spring custom – full of symbolism and originating in pre-Christian times.
One of the oldest customs of the valley is torch burning. On so-called Funkensonntag, the first Sunday after Fasnacht [carnival], an artistically layered wooden tower of up to 30 metres tall is lit. With the burning of the flame-witch and the torch swinging on the mountain and in the valley, we drive out the demons of winter and greet the light – the last remnant of ancient sun worship.
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target shooting in Gortipohl was declared intangible UNESCO heritage?
A piece of Montafon cultural history is intangible UNESCO heritage
Disc flinging in Gortipohl is unique in the Montafon. The tradition was passed on from generation to generation and cherished. The origins of this initially pagan ritual go back hundreds of years. Today, disc flinging is an integral component of social life in the area and has also been listed in the register of national UNESCO heritage since June 2016.
The bonfire speciality
The bonfire includes Funka-Küachli, the day is not called Küachli-Sonntig for no reason.
Ingredients for eight persons
- 1,000 g wheat flour, type 700
- 80 g sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar
- 80 g butter
- 4 egg yolks
- 50 g yeast
- 0.5 l milk
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 cl rum
- The juice and peels of one lemon