Carnival and Liichtmëssdag – Candlemas day

 In Kids and Family, Practical information

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

Candlemas Day

In addition to the traditionally pancakes eaten on Candlemas Day, your children will be delighted to celebrate the light (“liichten”) on the Liichtmëssdag, february 2nd, in your neighborhood.

With elaborate lanterns, “Liichtebengelcher” made in their luxembourgish classroom, they go at nightfall, from one house to another in groups and sing a nice traditional song “Léiwer Härgottsblieschen”. If traditionnally, the children were begging for bacon and peas, they come back home today with enormous bags of candies and sometimes money.

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

The Liichtmessdag marks the beginning of the Carnival period.

« Fuesend » – Carnival time

The Carnival period follows the Liichtmessdag (Day of Candlemas) and continues until the 4th Sunday of Lent, the day of the Bretzelsonndeg (Sunday of the Pretzel).

This period of Carnival gives rise to multiple cavalcades, processions masked and disguised for young and old, 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 the 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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