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A festivity of light

Should you journey through the towns and villages of the Erzgebirge at Christmas time, you would see the festive glow of numerous arch-shaped candelabras in the windows of the houses. For more than 250 years, they have been associated with the Erzgebirge Christmas and have become an inseparable part of the festive decorations. Johann Teller, a mining blacksmith from Johanngeorgenstadt, is said to have made the first candleholder of this type in wrought iron around the year 1726.

According to the story handed down, the arched shape has its origins in the mining industry. On Christmas Eve at the pit, the miners would hang their lighted lamps in a semi-circle around the entrance of the mouth of the tunnel leading to the mine, marking the last shift before Christmas, the so-called “Midnight Mass shift”.

The “Schwibbogen”, which literally means “arched buttress”, probably took its name from the terminology of architecture. In the Gothic period, the “Schwebebogen”, a buttress, was a freestanding, supporting arch between two walls.