Luxembourg : Tradition of Emaischen is coming back!

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Emaischen, a Luxembourgish tradition

The Emaischen is a tradition in Luxembourg that takes place on Easter Monday at the end of the traditional Easter celebrations. This festival consists of a folk market which takes place in 2 localities of Luxembourg: rue du Marché-aux-Poissons in the old town of Luxembourg, as well as Nospelt, a small town near Capellen (in the west). Every year, hundreds of people meet in the streets on the occasion of Emaischen!

If the origin of this traditional festival particularly beloved among children remains unclear, the Luxembourgian residents and tourists are very fond of this event. Every year, hundreds of people come together in the streets at Emaischen ! It seems that this tradition was born in the 19th century, on Easter Monday when a mass was celebrated at the Saint Michel Church in Luxembourg for the potters’ brotherhood. And it is precisely at the exit of the church that the potters sold their creations. Known as an ancient potter’s village, Nospelt had the reputation of making small birds with the clay remains of the day, hence the Péckvillercher tradition!

Traditional bird-shaped whistles made of terracotta

Like every year, the Péckvillercher will invade the capital of Luxembourg and the village of Nospelt on the occasion of the Emaischen. Whether you are a collector or simply curious, you can buy some Péckvillercher in the small streets of Nospelt and Luxembourg-City. Each year, new designs of terracotta or ceramic small birds, with thousand colors, one, two or three holes and with different prices ! Your children will love creating beautiful melodies with these pretty little birds.

Beverages, catering and entertainment for children will also be proposed. Other musical activities and entertainment for children (face painting, balloon sculpture, …) will be also available !
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