Celebrate the light at the Liichtsmessdag and eat pancakes

The Liichtmëssdag is one of the nice traditions you will discover in Luxembourg on February 2nd of each year. You will be able to meet at nightfall, in the streets of your district or your town, processions of children with lanterns made by them.
Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy delicious pancakes since February 2nd is also Candlemas Day.

The traditions of Liichtsmëssdag in Luxembourg

Liichtsmessdag LuxembourgLiichtmëssdag takes placeon February 2 and is a day much awaited by Luxembourg schoolchildren . Equipped with beautiful colored lanterns “Liichtebengelcher”, a kind of lanterns made by themselves in their class of the Luxembourgish basic school, the children go through their neighborhood in search of sweets and/or money.

Supervised by adults and older children, As soon as night falls, the children walk with their lanterns through the streets of their town or village, and go from house to house singing the traditional St. Blaise song “Léiwer Härgottsblieschen“. If in the past, and as the lyrics of the song attest, children begged for bacon and peas, today they come home with huge bags of candy, even money! You too, prepare your treats in case a small group of children come knocking on your door!

Candlemas and pancakes

According to Jewish tradition, February 2 originally celebrates the presentation of the baby Jesus in the temple 40 days after his birth on Christmas Day. Candlemas is for Catholics the feast of light. That same day with the blessing of candles in church which are then taken home. More popularly, Candlemas is the occasion to enjoy delicious pancakes .
Traditionally, the first pancake is blown up to bring good luck for the coming year. Some people perform this gesture, which requires a certain dexterity of the wrist, by holding a coin in the left hand. They bring prosperity to the family.

Pancake recipe to treat the “Liichter

To celebrate Candlemas in a greedy way, we give you our quick recipe of pancakes. After the Liichten, all the children will be delighted to eat some while waiting for the distribution of the booty!

For 6 people, beat 6 eggs with 375 grams of flour, 0.8 liter of milk, 1 pinch of salt and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a salad bowl. Then add 75 grams of melted butter to obtain a smooth and fluid paste. Let stand for 1 hour before cooking your pancakes in a hot pan greased with a little oil (or butter).

For each pancake, pour a ladleful of batter into the pan and spread it out evenly. Cook for about 1 minute on each side. The pancake should be golden brown and come apart easily when cooked. And now it’s your turn to blow it up!

Liichtsmëssdag traditionally marks the beginning of the Carnival period.

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