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Goodbye winter, hello spring!
Luxembourg

Goodbye winter, hello spring!

14.03.2012 From our online archive
The wintery chill was chased away at the weekend as scores of towns and villages celebrated Buergbrennen by holding torchlit parades and giant bonfires.

The wintery chill was chased away at the weekend as scores of towns and villages celebrated Buergbrennen by holding torchlit parades and giant bonfires.

The ancient tradition, roughly translated as the feast of torches, takes place each year, and sees communes set alight to a giant wooden cross to ward off winter.

The biggest festival is usually held in Luxembourg's Pétrusse valley where on Sunday a handful of drink and food stalls were on-hand to cater for those who turned up to watch the spectacle.

The event, which is organised by the city's fire service and local scout groups, went without a hitch. Altogether more than 500 spectators joined in to watch the torchlit procession through the valley and then the mighty fire.