Buergbrennen tradition on Lent Sunday
Chase winter away in Luxembourg! On the first Sunday of Lent (Christian tradition before Easter), you can see impressive stakes in different villages and communes of Luxembourg: the “Buergbrennen”. The Brandons Festival, held during the “Buersonndeg”, announces the end of winter in Luxembourg and is traditionally held every year during the Carnival period.
Quite spectacular, this tradition consists in burning huge bonfires, several meters high, with a big cross at the top of them sometimes. The “Buergen” are made of straw, branches or pieces of wood, wooden pallets or Christmas trees, are supposed to represent a castle that will be burned at nightfall under the gaze of many spectators. It symbolically burns and chases winter away: warm replaces cold, light triumphs over darkness.
This Luxembourg tradition is now perpetuated by the youth associations. They first gather for a torchlight procession through the village, before accessing the “Buerg” which will be lit under the supervision of firefighters. Thousands of people get together, admire the show and share local dishes in a friendly atmosphere.
This year the Buergbrennen will take place on the weekend of 17-18 February, at the end of February school holidays.
Check with your municipality for local organisation.