Declare your love on Pretzel Sunday

The Bretzelsonndeg is an ancestral tradition appreciated by all in Luxembourg. Gourmet, this typical celebration takes place at mid-Lent. This year, Bretzelsonndeg falls on March 27, 2022, the 4th Sunday of Lent.
The Bretzelsonndeg is an opportunity to highlight one of Luxembourg’s culinary specialties, but above all it is a chance to declare your love for your loved one by offering him or her a pretzel!

A note of joy and love that will do everyone good in this time of uncertainty we are currently experiencing.

What is the tradition of the Bretzelsonndeg?

During the Bretzelsonndeg, the tradition wants the man to offer a pretzel to the one he loves. If she accepts his advances, the lover will offer in return to his gallant eggs at Easter. If not, the rejected lover will receive an empty basket. The Luxembourgish expression“de Kuerf kréien” (to receive a basket) which means “to be plated” is derived from this tradition.

Small originality during leap years, the tradition is reversed. The women offer the pretzel to the one they love and the men take care of the eggs or the basket!

Today, the Bretzelsonndeg is a Luxembourg tradition that is celebrated in bakeries and pastry shops! And the most greedy use this pretext to taste delicious pretzels, even in the absence of their beloved!
This popular festival is celebrated as it should be. The small tourist train Jhangeli is decorated with the delicious pastry and visits the streets of the city accompanied by a small orchestra. This procession, composed notably of the bakers of the country and the Queen of the pretzel, goes through the streets of Luxembourg distributing free pretzels.

The pretzel, a sweet or salty Luxembourg speciality

Pretzels are typical Luxembourgish pastries. Although they exist in a savory version, pretzels are mostly eaten sweet on Pretzel Sunday. Made with flour, eggs, butter, sugar and almonds, pretzels are very popular in Luxembourg, Germany and the surrounding regions. Folded in a very specific way, the shape of the pretzels represents the intertwining of lovers’ arms. The word pretzel is derived from the word arm.

So, let yourself be tempted by this delicious pastry and take the opportunity to declare your most secret feelings

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