Twelve men dressed in black parade through the dark old town with their lanterns, stopping at six fountains.
The Sebastiani Brotherhood was founded in 1541 during a plague epidemic in Rheinfelden and is named after the patron saint of plague sufferers, Saint Sebastian. At that time, it was believed that the plague was caused by the contamination of water and that by singing to the fountains, the threat of the epidemic could be averted. Twelve men dressed in black parade with lanterns through the dark old town and stop at six fountains. At the same time, the lights go out everywhere in the town, the alleys and squares wrap themselves in medieval darkness.
The procession starts at the fountain in Fröschweid (corner of Tempelgasse and Fröschweid).
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