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  • Fête de la Musique

    The "Fête de la Musique" is a big, popular event in honour of the musicians and performers, amateurs or professionals who want to produce themselves there. Entry is free. Concerts by 25 different organizers are offered throughout the country for 6 days. In Luxembourg City, a total of 22 stages are be set up in the centre and above all in the residential districts of the capital to bring the idea of the Fête de la Musique even closer to the public and to bring it to the people. Photo: MMFE [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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  • National Holiday

    Luxembourg's national holiday is celebrated every year on 23rd June. Since the end of the 18th century it was a tradition to celebrate the birthday of the respective ruler. Although William III was born on February 19, 1850, this holiday was moved to June 17th, the birthday of his wife, Queen Sophie. This is also due to the proximity to the anniversary of the death of his brother, Prince Alexander, who died on February 20th, 1848. Under Grand Duchess Charlotte the ceremony took place on 23rd January, in the middle of winter. Therefore in 1961 – for purely climatic reasons – it was decided to celebrate the Grand Duchess' birthday on 23rd June. This date was maintained when Grand Duke Jean ascended the throne on 12th November 1964, probably because it was the day before his name day Jean (John), which is celebrated as Gehaansdag on 24 June. Even under the current Grand Duke Henri the date is still valid, but it is no longer directly related to the monarch. [This text is based on the article "Luxemburgischer Nationalfeiertag" from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported (short version). A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.]

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