There is a German bonfire night after all; Walpurgis. Same purpose as Halloween, to scare witches and ghouls away, just a different date. Exactly 6 months from Halloween -coincidence?
It’s more like the one I remember from my childhood in Ireland than the crappy guy fawkes ones I’ve seen in Britain (a stack of pallets). Walpurgis bonfire has proper tree trunks piled into a pyramidal pyre. Ok, here it’s the Feuerwehr (what a great name) who do it, not a bunch of 11 year old half-feral bogtrotter kids. Ok, not really bogtrotters, Dublin outskirts – but I like the phrase and rarely get to use it.
Feurwehr use chip fat, not petrol