Traditional Luxembourg customs and festivals

Luxembourg, a country of traditions

Luxembourg is an astonishing mix of tradition and future. Rooted in its rural culture and history, Luxembourg is a modern country, resolutely turned towards the future and perfectly adapted to the changes of our century. Its societal advances, its urban development and the quality of its infrastructure, its willingness to be part of a space program are all evidence of this.

However, Luxembourg knows how to preserve its traditions and customs, which often stem from religious traditions. Traditional festivals are celebrated throughout the country and serve as a catalyst for the integration of a multicultural society.

Because ofits multicultural development, other festivals have been added to the Luxembourg folklore . Luxembourg residents are fond of celebrations and there is no weekend where you cannot attend folklore or festive events.

Discover here the main traditional Luxembourgish festivals that you can attend or participate in in Luxembourg.

Agenda of the traditional Luxembourgish festivals

Dräikinneksdag – Epiphany or Feast of Kings

Enjoy delicious Galettes des Rois and choose the king or queen of the day

Epiphany on January 6th

Liichtmëssdag or festival of light and Candlemas

For the greatest joy of children… and gourmets. Stock up on sweets and pancakes this “Festival of Light” day

Candlemas on February 2

Carnival festivities with the Fuessonndeg and the Fuesméindeg

Prepare your best disguises or attend the joyful Cavalcades in the streets of Luxembourg cities

Carnival in February/March

Buergbrennen and Buergsonndeg or Brandon Sunday

Admire the large bonfires lit in Luxembourg’s communes to symbolically burn the winter. It is the occasion of a great celebration in the cities and villages


Pretzelsonndeg or Pretzel Sunday

Offer a pretzel to the one you love to declare your love!


Easter traditions with Pallemsonndeg (Palm Sunday) and Ouschteren (Easter)*

Easter bunny, rattles and little whistling birds…

Easter in March / April

Pilgrimage and Oktav market in Luxembourg City

The most important religious event of the year that gathers thousands of pilgrims


Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima in Wiltz

Ascension Thursday* pilgrimage (Christ Himmelfahrt) of the Portuguese community in Luxembourg

Ascension Thursday in May

Geenzefest in Wiltz and Sprangprëssessioun in Echternach

Float parade at the Geenzefest and the Whitsun Tuesday* procession (or Péngschtsonnden and Péngschtmeinden) listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO

Whit Monday and Tuesday in May/June

Luxembourg National Holiday – Nationalfeierdag

Military parade, church service, torchlight procession, fireworks and shows: come and celebrate theGrand Duke’s birthday

National Day June 23


Harvest festival in Greiveldange: presentation and tasting of local products, blessing of the bouquet of herbs and vegetables, the Wësch

Assumption on August 15

Schueberfouer, big fair in Luxembourg City with the Fouersonndeg

A real institution in Luxembourg, a family event not to be missed!

Schuberfouer in August – September


A variation of Halloween pumpkins, we carve scary faces in beets

End of October / beginning of November


of Kleeschen, the day of Niklosdag

Much awaited by the children, he brings sweets and gifts for the nice children, but beware he is accompanied by the bogeyman…

Saint Nicholas on December 6

Christmas markets and Christmas parties* with Chreschtdag and Stiewesdag

Enjoy the magic of Christmas and the Advent markets

end of November/December – Christmas on December 25 and Saint Stephen’s Day on December 26

*Holiday in Luxembourg

Take the opportunity to enjoy the many Luxembourgish specialties!