Fuesend – Carnival time
The period of February /March, depending on the year, is marked in Luxembourg by the Carnival celebrations, which are part of the beautiful Luxembourg traditions. The Carnival period officially begins in Luxembourg on February 2nd, on the day of the Candlemas or Liichtmëssdag. It will last until the Ash wednesday.
The kick-off is given with the opening of the season of the various masked balls. Luxembourg’s towns and villages each organize their own, to the delight of the smallest and/or largest. Check with your municipality for more information. Don’t miss in particular Vianden with the carnival ball for children on 9 February and Grevenmacher on 10 February. Dor the oldest ones, Differdange on 15 February, Belvaux on 23 February, Diekirch on 28 February, Grevenmacher on 28 February, Mersch on 1 March, Pétange on 30 March,…
But the Carnival period in Luxembourg is especially marked by the Cavalcades, disguised and joyful processions that wander through the largest cities. Don’t miss the Diekirch Cavalcades on March 3, 2019, Schifflange on March 10, Kayl on March 17, Esch-sur-Alzette on March 24, 2019, Wasserbillig with its night cavalcade on March 30 and finally Remich and Pétange on March 31, 2019. Diekirch was the birthplace of the first cavalcade in Luxembourg in 1870.
The end of the carnival is traditionally marked by “Mardi Gras”, the last day of celebration before the fasting period preceding Easter and respected by the country’s Catholics.
The incineration of a straw man, Streimannchen the next day, Ash Wednesday celebrates the end of the Carnival in Remich in the east of the country. The remains of the Streimannchen are then thrown into the Moselle. In leap years it will be a female character who will be burned.
Traditionally, Luxembourgers taste delicious doughnuts, the “Fuesendkichelcher” during this period. You will find them in the bakeries and pastry shops in the country.
In short, a joyful and animated period! Have fun!