Easter traditions in Luxembourg
Easter, a Christian religious celebration
For Easter, several traditional events take place in Luxembourg, in March or April depending on the year. Indeed, Easter is a great Christian religious day that marks the end of the Lenten period which takes place after the Carnival period.
Since the majority of the Luxembourg population is Christian, the Easter celebration give rise to public holidays in Luxembourg on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Take the opportunity to visit the Emaischen market in Luxembourg-City or Nospelt!
First of all, Christians attend religious celebrations and other religious services, especially on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
The rattles, “klibberen”, to replace the bells left in Rome
From Maundy Thursday, Easter tradition gets children wave their clappers and noisemakers as they go through the streets of their village, whilst waiting for the bells sent to Rome after the Holy Thursday mass. You will see that particular week signs “Klibberen” with children with rattles at the entrance of villages and municipalities. They are there to warn motorists and to encourage them to slow down.
In return, children receive Easter eggs and money on Easter Sunday. Plan treats or even a little change if these children knock at your door!
Egg hunts throughout the country
But Easter is first of all a family celebration with traditional egg hunts in private or public garden. In Luxembourg chocolate eggs are brought by the Easter Rabbit (Ouschterhues), which leave them in garden. So many establishments, communes or associations organize large egg hunts involving children and parents! Check with your municipality.