The BretzelSonndeg or Sunday pretzels is coming
Each year, a “greedy” and ancestral tradition is celebrated in Luxembourg : the BretzelSonndeg. This traditional and very popular celebration is held every year in mid-March, the 4th Sunday of Lent.
What are bretzels ?
Bretzels, also highly appreciated in Germany, are Luxembourgian traditional pastries that exit in 2 versions : salted and sweet. They are mostly served in their sugared version during the Bretzelsonndag. Made with flour, eggs, butter, sugar and almonds, bretzels are highly popular in Luxembourg. Folded in a specific way, the bretzels’ shape represents lovers’ arms interlacing. The word bretzel is by the way derived from the word arm, or “bracelet”, stemming from the Latin language.
What is the tradition of the Bretzelsonndag ?
At the Bretzelsonndeg, the man offers a bretzel to his sweetheart. If she accepts it, as she loves him, the lady will have to offer eggs at Easter to the man. Otherwise, the poor lover will receive an empty basket. The widely used Luxembourgish expression Kuerfkreien (to receive a basket), which means getting left behind, is besides derived from this tradition.
A small touch of originality : during leap years, the tradition is reversed. The women offer the bretzels, the men will take over the eggs a bit later ! Today, the Bretzelsonndag is a Luxembourgish tradition, which is mainly used as an excuse by the more greedy ones to enjoy delicious bretzels, which are often showcased in bakeries for the occasion !
So let yourself be tempted by this delicious pastry! This year the Sunday of Bretzels will take place on March 11, 2018.