Carnival and Liichtmëssdag – Candlemas Day

 In Kids and Family, Practical information

February is marked in Luxembourg by Carnival festivities which are part of the pretty luxembourgish traditions.

Candlemas Day

Liichtmëssdag marks the beginning of the Carnival period. In addition to eating crepes on Candlemas Day, your children will be delighted to celebrate Liichtmëssdag in your neighbourhood, on February 2nd , before Saint Blaise Day.

Carrying lanterns, “Liichtebengelcher” or some made in Luxembourgish fundamental schools, they go from house to house at nightfall singing the traditional song Léiwer Härgottsblieschen. Traditionnally, they were begging for bacon and peas, now they come back home with big bags of candies and sometimes money!

Prepare sweets in case a small group of children come to your door!

« Fuesend » – Carnival time

The Carnival period follows Liichtmëssdag (Candlemas Day) and goes on until Bretzelsonndeg (Pretzel Sunday), the 4th Sunday of Lent.

The Carnival period gives rise to multiple processions during which children and adults are disguised and parade in the streets of the biggest cities of Luxembourg. That of Diekirch will take place on February 11th, Schifflange on February 18th, Esch-sur-Alzette on March 4th and Pétange on March 11th. Balls are also held throughout the country.

Traditionally, on the eve of Carnival holidays, children disguised themselves in school. So, a lively period to come! Have fun!

To learn more about the festivals and traditions of Luxembourg, click here.

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