Notre-Dame of Fatima – Pilgrimage of the Portuguese Community
Pilgrimage of Ascension Thursday
Since 1968, every Thursday of the Ascension, nearly 20,000 people, Catholics, the majority of Portuguese origin, come to give thanks to the one they worship and cherish among all, “Nossa Senhora de Fatima”, Our Lady of Fatima.
It is on the heights of Wiltz in the north of Luxembourg and in the wilderness, at a place called “op Bässent”, that a modest sanctuary was erected in July 1952 by inhabitants of Wiltz. They had indeed promised to give thanks to Our Lady of Fatima if they survived the war.
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this sanctuary is at the origin of one of the most important religious pilgrimages of the Grand Duchy with that of the Octave to Notre-Dame de Luxembourg or the dancing procession of Echternach.
The pilgrimage has also become over time the expression of an intense popular jubilation where harmoniously combines pious devotion, cultural tradition and community folklore.