On and around the 24th of June every year, you will find the people in Alesund, Norway stacking pallets. This unique and seemingly dangerous tradition is how the people of this city celebrate midsummer. Sankthans, or ‘Midsummer’, is a festival held every year on June 24th in commemoration of John the Baptist’s birth. The day is celebrated in Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe. These people risk their health, and even their lives to help assemble The craziest bonfire stack I have ever seen. Check out the pictures of what happens when they get done stacking pallets.
Young Norwegians help stack pallet upon pallet.
They stack them until it reaches an astonishing 130 feet high.
Around 40 people help in building this.
This thing is absolutely massive.
When they are done building it, they then burn it.
The annual massive bonfire celebrates John the Baptist’s birth.
In 2010, they set a record for the tallest bonfire at 40.45 meters (132.71 ft).
The scariest part is they have some climb to the top and actually light it from the top.
People from boats watch it burn to the ground.
Watching this amazing display from across the water would be absolutely stunning. Probably a little safer as well.
An absolutely gigantic inferno.
If these pictures aren’t crazy enough, check out the video of this massive bonfire:
That is an absolutely gigantic fireball! I remember being in high school and having some pretty big bonfires with my friends out in the woods behind my house, but this roaring wall of fire is beyond anything I have ever seen. The people are standing extremely close to the tower when it is falling too, I wonder if anyone has ever gotten hurt during this celebration. One thing is for sure, they must go through a lot of smore’s.
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