the spring equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the spring equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the Black Forest Belchen 70 km away

Anfang Mai / Beltene
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the spring equinox, beginning of the Celtic summer half-year, the sun rises in the east-northeast behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
21.6 summer solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

At the summer solstice, the sun rises in the northeast above the Markstein, in the direction of the Petit Ballon

Anfang August / Lugnasad
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the summer solstice, the sun rises in the east-northeast, behind the summit of the Grand Ballon.
22.9. the autumn equinox
Ballon d'Alsace

At the autumnal equinox, if we observe it from the Ballon d’Alsace, the sun rises behind the summit of Schwarzwaldbelchen 70 km away.

Anfang November / Samhain
Ballon d'Alsace

About 40 days after the autumn equinox, beginning of the Celtic winter half-year. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

21.12. Winter solstice
Ballon d'Alsace

The sun rises in the southeast behind the Tödi in the Glarus Alps, in between lies the Jura Belchen

Anfang Februar / Imbolc
Ballon d'Alsace
About 40 days after the winter solstice, middle of the Celtic winter half-year. The sun rises in east-southeast. The three Celtic settlements Britzgyberg, Basel-Gasfabrik and Augusta Raurica are on the line of the sunrise.

Eichsel

The relics of the three Blessed Virgins

The relics of the three Blessed Virgins

On the Dinkelberg hill, the characteristic tower of the St. Gallus church in Rheinfelden-Eichsel can be seen from afar. On the third Sunday in July, the village becomes the centre of the old traditional festival, the “Eichsler Umgang” to honour the three virgins, Wibrandis, Kunigundis and Mechtundis. After a solemn worship service, the relic shrines of the holy women are carried through the village in a procession. Afterwards, the village festival starts. According to a legend, the three virgins belonged to the followers of Saint Ursula, who went on a pilgrimage together with her court ladies from England to Rome in the 5th century. After their return, the women were attacked by Huns in Cologne and died as martyrs. Kunigundis, Mechtundis and Wibrandis had interrupted the journey before reaching Basel because of sickness and had come near Rapperswyhr (Adelhausen) to the Dinkelberg hill. At their grave at the Eichsel church, endless miracles are supposed to have happened. A veneration of the saints developed, the legitimacy of which was confirmed by the Catholic church in 1504.