Liichtmëssdag is one of the beautiful traditions that you will discover in Luxembourg on February 2nd of each year. At nightfall, you can meet processions of children with home made lanterns in the streets of your neighbourhood. Take the opportunity to enjoy delicious pancakes since February 2 is also Candlemas Day.
The “Liichtmëssdag” takes place on February 2nd, is a day that Luxembourg schoolchildren eagerly await. Equipped with very pretty coloured “Liichtebengelcher” lanterns, a kind of lantern made by them with their teacher at the Luxembourgish fundamental school, the children walk around their neighbourhood in search of candy 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”. Previously, and as the lyrics of the song attest, the children begged for bacon and peas, they are now coming home with huge bags of candy, even money! So, prepare your treats in case a small group of children ring your doorbell!
According to Jewish tradition, February 2nd originally celebrated the presentation of the child Jesus at the temple 40 days after his birth on Christmas day. Candlemas is for Catholics the feast of light, with the blessing of candles at church, which are then taken home. More popularly, Candlemas is an opportunity to enjoy delicious pancakes, made from butter, milk, flour and eggs, cooked in a pan.
Traditionally, the first pancake shouldbe blown up to bring good luck for the coming year. Some people perform this gesture, which requires dexterity of the wrist by holding a piece in the left hand in order to bring prosperity to the family.
Liichtsmëssdag traditionally marks the beginning of the Carnival period.