Summer in the City
This year the summer program in the capital opens on Friday, 14 th of June 2019 with the ‘Fête de la Musique’. A multitude of stages will be erected in the city center, but also, and above all, in the residential areas of the capital, to be closer to the people, to bring the idea of the ‘Fête de la Musique’ to the public. As usual, all kinds of music will be performed. During the program ‘Summer in the City 2019’, the city of Luxembourg will vibrate with an extensive program of open-air concerts, international music festivals, theatre and street arts, open-air shows, exhibitions, markets, folkloric and popular festivals, not to mention a wide array of tourist attractions. All events labelled ‘Summer in the City’ are the result of a close collaboration between various players in the capital and many institutional and private partners. Source: https://www.luxembourg-city.com/en/summer-in-the-city
Ouschtersonndeg (Easter Sunday)
The most popular customs are the colouring of the eggs, which are hidden in the garden for the children to find and the game of egg tapping (Técken), in which hard-boiled Easter eggs are tapped against each other. He or she wohse egg retains its intact shell the logest is crowned the winner.
Éimaischen (Easter Monday)
The famous pottery fair takes place in Luxembourg City and in Nospelt. The traditional clay figures in the shape of a bird, which produce a tone when blown into, come in a wide range of artistic styles.
Like their neighbours, Luxembourgers love to celebrate Carnival, which traditionally takes place from 2 February ('Liichtmëssdag' or Candlemas Day) through to Ash Wednesday ('Aschermëttwoch', in early March).
During this period, including the 'Fuessonnden' (Carnival Sunday) and 'Fuesméinden' (Carnival Monday), Luxembourgish associations organise a multitude of masked balls, parades and cavalcades for both children and adults.
The masked balls at three other places are particularly well-known as meeting places for 'fools': Echternach, Vianden and Wormeldange.
Don't forget to sample typical Luxembourgish Carnival goodies, including:
Verwurrelt Gedanken (scrambled thoughts) — knots of pastry sprinkled with icing sugar,
Nonnefäscht (nuns' farts) — doughnuts sprinkled with icing sugar,
Täertelcher — doughnuts,
Maisercher — mouse-shaped donuts, and
Stretzegebäck — small cakes made of pastry that is scalded before being baked.
The end of Carnival each year is marked by the burning of the 'Stréimännchen' (straw man): on Ash Wednesday, hundreds of Luxembourgers head for Remich for this joyful 'killing' which marks the end of winter as well as the end of Carnival.
However, Luxembourgish people are not as strict as their German neighbours: a number of masked balls and cavalcades are held even after this date, including the Pétange Cavalcade.
Carnival continues until the 4th Sunday during Lent (Halleffaaschten), also known as Bretzelsonndeg (pretzel Sunday).
During the festive season, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, in close collaboration with the City of Luxembourg, offers more than 200 concerts and events in the heart of the Christmas markets in Luxembourg City. The "Winterlights" festival turns the city into a magical and wonderful setting with thousands of lights. The Christmas markets offer a diversified program of activities and concerts for young and old. This year, the program evolves around three main themes: children's activities, concerts and walking acts. To provide better orientation to visitors, a description of the animation genre has been added to the themes for example: brass band/harmony, choir, live music or workshop. Join us, we have something in store for every taste… from luxembourg-city.com
Fête de la MusiqueFurther information
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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