Many communes hold their own Buergbrennen although there is a large one in Luxembourg City. We attended the one in our commune but missed the torches and procession. The 4 of us watched the fire and took in the atmosphere. Gluhwein and grillwursts were for sale, neighbors were chatting and kids were running around.
To most Americans the sight of a burning cross is unsettling and unwelcome. The KKK burned crosses near the homes of people they wished to intimidate. A burning cross has come to symbolize hate, persecution and intimidation - not the welcoming of spring!
Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me. The only picture I have is one from Bryce's blackberry. Click here to see more pictures of this year's Buergbrennen celebration.