Typical and appreciated by everyone, the ancestral gourmet celebration of the Pretzelsonndeg takes place in mid-Lent. This year, the Bretzelsonndeg falls on 22 March 2020, the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Traditionally, the Bretzelsonndeg is also the occasion to declare your flame to your beloved.
And in this uncertain time we are living in, a note of joy and love will do everyone good. By the way, the grocery stores are always open, so that’s good!
What are pretzels?
Pretzels are Luxembourgish traditional pastries that exist in 2 versions: salted and sweet. They are mostly served in their sugared version during the “Bretzelsonndeg” or Bretzel’s sunday. Made with flour, eggs, butter, sugar and almonds, pretzels are highly popular in Luxembourg and also highly appreciated in Germany or bordering regions . Folded in a specific way, the pretzels’ shape represents lovers’ arms interlacing. The word ‘pretzel’ is by the way derived from the word arm.
What is the tradition of the Bretzelsonndag?
On Bretzelsonndeg, the man offers a pretzel 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 “being dumped”, is besides derived from this tradition.
A small touch of originality: during leap years, like 2020, the tradition is reversed. The women offer the pretzels, the men will take over the eggs or the basket!
Today, the Bretzelsonndeg is a Luxembourgish tradition, which is mainly used as an excuse by the most greedy ones to enjoy delicious pretzels, which are often showcased in bakeries and supermarkets for the occasion!
This popular tradition is well celebrated: the Jhangeli tourist train is decorated with pretzel decorations and accompanied by a small band. The procession, made of bakers and the Pretzel Queen, parade in Luxembourg-city streets and hand out pretzels for free.
So let yourself be tempted by this delicious pastry and take the opportunity to declare your most secret feelings.
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