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Roggenburg Leiberfest

Bring out your dead! Or at least the local saints. This is the sentiment during the annual Assumption day procession in Roggenburg, Bavaria (Roggenburg Leiberfest), that sees the grimly beautiful bodies marched through the streets in celebration of their miracles. 

On August 15th each year, the day of the Assumption of Mary (Maria Himmelfahrt), the Monastery in Roggenburg hosts a unique festival that sees the bones of saints get paraded around the town. On this day, the four richly decorated and bejeweled catacomb saints that are interred at the abbey are brought out for public view. The bodies were moved from Rome to Roggenburg around 1720, and have stayed there ever since. 

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