The spring break is over for Luxembourg students. On the other hand, the traditional celebrations of the Easter holidays begin. It’s time to remember what they represent in Luxembourg.
Easter is celebrated this year on Sunday, April 17, 2022. The Monday after Easter is the day of the Eimaischen market.
Easter, a Christian religious holiday in Luxembourg
Easter is celebrated on Sunday. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, who died on Friday afternoon. After a last meal on Thursday night with his disciples (the Last Supper), Jesus was handed over to the Romans who wanted to get rid of this “King of the Jews” who was gathering the crowds.
Easter week is called “Karwoch” in Luxembourg. It is a week of recollection and prayers for Christians.
Luxembourg has a Christian tradition and Easter is a public holiday.
During this holy season, Christians attend religious celebrations . These begin on the Thursday evening before Easter, which marks the last meal of Jesus with his disciples. This day is called Gréngen Donneschdeg or Holy Thursday. On this day, Luxembourgers eat vegetables instead.
Good Friday represents the day of Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Traditionally, we do not eat meat on this day either.
The traditional Easter vigil takes place on Holy Saturday. Prayers are organized in the churches.
The faithful celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday by attending religious celebrations. This is a very important day for Christians. If you go to Mass on Sunday, you will probably receive a decorated hard-boiled egg to celebrate the renewal and resurrection.
Rattles, “klibberen”, to replace the bells that went to Rome for Easter
According to custom, from Holy Thursday before Easter, the church bells leave for Rome for three days to confess their sins. In Luxembourg, the bells no longer ring in the cities. The organs of the churches must also be silent to respect the meditation of the faithful, in memory of the death of Jesus.
To replace them, children go around the villages with rattles (Klibber ) 3 times a day (morning, noon and evening) to call for prayer in the churches. The “Klibberen” lasts until the return of the bells on Easter day.
Kilbberen” signs have been installed at the entrances to Luxembourg villages and towns . Illustrating children with rattles, they encourage motorists to be very careful and to slow down in the streets.
As a reward for this “klibberen”, children come and ring your doorbell on the Saturday afternoon before Easter or on Easter Sunday to receive chocolate eggs and money. Bring treats and even some change if these children are at your door!
Easter egg hunts across the country
In addition to the religious celebration, Easter is also a family celebration that gives rise to traditional egg hunts . Many establishments, municipalities or associations organize large egg hunts. Children and even older children are invited to participate. Ask your local municipality for more information.
It is important to know that the eggs here are brought by the Easter Bunny (Ouschterhues) and not the bells!
Easter is a two-week vacation for school children.
The Éimaischen, the Luxembourg tradition of Easter Monday
On the Monday following Easter Day, the traditional Luxembourgish festival of the Emaischen or Emmaus Festival takes place. It will take place this year on April 18.
The Emaischen festival closes the traditional Easter celebrations. If the origin of this traditional festival remains unclear, the inhabitants of Luxembourg and the tourists are very fond of this event punctuated by the whistles of the “Péckvillercher”.
Eimaïschen, folk market in Luxembourg and Nospelt
The Eimaïschen Festival consists ofa traditional folk market that takes place in 2 locations in Luxembourg. The rue du Marché-aux-Poissons in the old town of Luxembourg and Nospelt, a small town near Capellen (in the west),are invaded by hundreds of visitors.
The traditional Emaischen market was born in 1827. Every Easter Monday, a mass was celebrated in the church of Saint Michel in Luxembourg for the pottery brotherhood. At the exit of the church, potters from the village of Nospelt sold their creations, small decorated clay birds.
The little whistling birds, the Péckvillercher
The Péckvillercher is a small clay bird that has the particularity of being able to serve as a whistle. Blowing into it allows to reproduce the cuckoo’s call.
With the remains of clay used during the day to make the various potteries, the potters made small birds, the Péckvillercher!
Every year, you will find new colorful designs for these little birds made of clay or ceramic at the Emaïschen markets. Collector or simple curious, come to admire these Péckvillercher of all the colors. Prices range from a few euros to a few dozen euros! Children usually love to create beautiful melodies with these cute little birds.
The Eimaïschen is also an opportunity to hear and see traditional Luxembourgish dances and songs. The atmosphere is very festive with food and drink stands. Moreover, various animations are also proposed to the children.