Typical and appreciated by the general public, this celebration is held every year in mid-March, during the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Pretzels, also highly appreciated in Germany, are Luxembourgian pastries that, although they exist in salted version, are mostly served in their sugared version during the Bretzelsonndag. Made with flour, eggs, butter, sugar and almonds, pretzels are highly popular in Luxembourg. Folded in a specific way, the pretzels’ shape represents lovers’ arms interlacing. The word pretzel is by the way derived from the word arm, or "bracelet", stemming from the Latin language.
At the Bretzelsonndag, the tradition wants the man to offer a pretzel to his sweetheart. If she accepts it, in return, the lady will offer the man eggs at Easter. Otherwise, the man will receive an empty basket.
A small touch of originality : during leap years, the tradition is reversed. The women offer the pretzels, the men will take over the eggs a bit later ! The widely used Luxembourgian expression Kuerfkreien(to receive a basket), which means getting left behind, is besides derived from this tradition, according to Luxembourg Public. Today, the Bretzelsonndag is a Luxembourgian tradition, which is mainly used as an excuse by the more greedy ones to enjoy delicious pretzels, which are often showcased in bakeries for the occasion !
The Bretzelsonndag is also celebrated as “a real block party, and the Jhangeli tourist train is decorated with the delicious pastry and accompanied by a small orchestra. This procession, composed notably of the bakers from all the country and the Queen of the pretzel, roams the streets of Luxembourg-City and distributes free pretzels”, says the Official Portal of the city of Luxembourg.