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The "Buergbrennen": a Luxembourgish tradition

To perceive immense crosses on fire in the 4 corners of the country can seem strange even a little frightening for the foreigners and visitors of Luxembourg… This is why we owe you some explanations. So what is the story behind this tradition   ?

An atypical tradition

The "Buergbrennen", a traditional event in the Grand Duchy, will take place this Sunday March 1 st and will be celebrated on Saturday.

For a long time, the "Buergbrennen", also called "   Brandons Festival   Is synonymous with the end of winter   : fire is supposed to chase away the spirits of the cold season and welcome spring   ! The firing of the "  Buerg  Is usually preceded by a torchlight  procession through the streets   : the "  Fakelzuch  ".

The firing is often done in the form of a large fort, decorated with imposing crucifixes. Old Christmas trees are burned, for example, but no witches or animals, I promise. In several places, it is the bride and groom of the communes who light the fire.


Where to celebrate the   Buergbrennen   "   ?

Want to feast around the fire with a good beer?  Many Brandon Festivals are organized in the different cities and districts of Luxembourg   :

Saturday 02/29/20

Right way  :   Procession leaving from the church at 7 p.m. Firing in Kaltreis Park near the water tower. https://www.facebook.com/events/634478730646770/
Belvaux  : Procession at 7 p.m.   ; Ignition 7:15 p.m. at Gaalgebierg.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2507515982863146/
Bertrange  :   Procession at 6.30 p.m. from the church. Firing 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/525887921366464/
Weiler-la-Tour  : From 6 p.m. at the Chalet "   Haasseler  Bësch ”. https://www.facebook.com/events/467305630882285/
Differdange  :   From 7:30 pm "   Um Metzkimmert   ".
Mensdorf  :   From 6.30 p.m. Procession at 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/488322108498104/
Remich  :   Procession at 6.30pm from the town hall towards the “Gewännchen” forest. https://www.facebook.com/events/488322108498104/
Boevange / Attert  :   Departure at 7 p.m. Firing 7:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/129391685022418/
Rumelange  :   At 6 p.m. at the National Museum of Mines. https://www.facebook.com/events/2548740092118749/
Steinfort  :   Departure at 7 p.m. from Square Patton. Fire at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Al Schmelz cultural center. https://www.facebook.com/events/601645367293775/
Fentange  :   Near the cemetery from 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/181915723054092/
Mertert  :   "  Op der Lämkaul ” from 5 p.m. Firing at 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/2540492579411257/
Dudelange  :   Departure from  Butschebuerger Kapell  at 7.20pm after mass. https://www.facebook.com/events/400987147404271/
Ettelbruck  :   Deichwisen at 7 p.m. https://ettelbruck.lu/events/fete-des-brandons-buergbrennen/

Sunday 01/03/20

Kayl  :   In front of the town hall at 6.15 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/858206074269753/photos/a.858216280935399/2870139169743090/?type=3&theater
Lamadelaine  :   From 2 p.m. at the Leisure Center. Procession at 7.15 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/2899747440070897/
Walferdange  :   Procession at 7 p.m. then ignited. https://www.facebook.com/events/214725982895913/
Colmar Berg  :   Entertainment all day and firing around 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/158379052273245/
Beggen  :   At the football field from 6 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/825607814555950/
Eppeldorf  :   At the fire station at 7.15 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/231475494685558/
Steinsel  :   Near the Leisure Center from 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/230797178077454/
Strassen  : Rue des Carrières at 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/285735942389079/
Junglinster  :   Departure 6:30 p.m. at 38 rue de la Montagne. Firing "   Um Lënsterbierg ".  https://www.facebook.com/events/1273516682857532/

Source   : www.lepetitweb.lu

Happy Buergbrennen to you   !