On Monday 31st August 2015, the “Staater Braderie” (in English: “Clearance Sale in Luxembourg City”) is taking place.
A Braderie simply is a street sale that is taking place on a pre-defined day, normally during or at the end of the Sales. The shop owners will set up their stalls outside the shops and sell their goods for lower prices (“bradéiert Präisser”). In general a Braderie involves, live music and other performances by local associations to create the feeling of a Folk Festival.
The word “Braderie” has its origins in the French province of Flanders and derives from the word “braaden” (“broden” in Lux or “roasting”, “barbequing” in English). This is because at all of these street sales, people were usually having a barbeque with Thüringer, Kottletten (chops) and Mettwurscht.
The first Braderie took place in Lille and gradually moved over to Reims, Nancy and finally to Luxembourg in 1929. The shop owners in Luxembourg did not like the idea at the beginning, to sell articles for knock-down prices, but Gaston Diderich, the mayor of the City of Luxembourg at the time, managed to convince them about the advantages that such a sales day would have for them. The first ever Braderie in Luxembourg took place on the 2nd September 1929 in the context of the Schueberfouer, and this has never been changed since.
So if you want to grab a bargain and you don’t mind the crowd, dive into the Braderie on Monday 31st August, shops are usually open at 8:00 that day and remain open until around 18:00.
Have fun “beim bradelen”!!!
The first known Schouberfouer took place in 1298 under Heinrich VII, father of Jean de Luxembourg (John the Blind). At this time it was a market where people from all over the country came to buy and sell cloth. This fair was however not very successful and stopped again a few years later.
The first real Schouberfouer eventually took place on 20 October 1340 under the famous John the Blind, count of Luxembourg and King of Bohemia (Böhmen). The fair went on for 8 days and its main goal was for farmers to come into town and buy/sell cattle. The origin of the name is from the place where the Fouer took place, which was the “Schuedbuerg” nowadays known as Plateau du Saint-Esprit. Over the years the fair become more and more successful so the Holy Ghost Square was soon too small. It therefore moved to Limpertsberg in 1610 where the forest had just been cut down. In the 18th century the market developed and live concerts became part of it only to be succeeded in 1844 with cabarets. Although it still remained a cattle-market, you could now also buy bone china, comestibles and stationary. When, in the 20th century, the big wheel and the roller coaster arrived, there was no more stopping its development into the fair that we know today.
The Schouberfouer (big fun fair) starts this year on 21st August and ends on 9th September. Just as every year, it will take place on Glacis and offers many attractions, not to forget the lecker Gromperkichelchen (fried potatoe cakes), gebaakene Fesch (baked fish) and Grillwurschten (sausage)!
For more info check the official site: http://www.fouer.lu/
Today we paid another visit to our friends at Cent Buttek in Beggen where Adely, Marcelle and 80 other volunteers work day-in-day out for the less fortunate ones.
In a country as rich as Luxembourg where most people live in abundance, some don’t even have enough to eat. It is for them that the penny shops exist in Beggen and Bettembourg.
The “Cent Buttek” operates in a similar way to “Die Tafeln” in Germany. Founded in 2009 by a group of volunteers, they are supported by supermarkets, bakers, corner shops and other donators. From Monday to Saturday the volunteers will collect the groceries, which are perfectly fine but unsalable in regular shops. Once the provisions have been delivered to the Cent Buttek, they are sorted by date and prepared for distribution. Certain vegetables will be used to prepare warm soups for those who visit the shop. With the currently low temperatures outside, this act of kindness is very much appreciated and surely warms more than just the hands that hold the steaming cup.
If you would also like to help, you can give food directly to the Cent Buttek near you. Alternatively you can also make a donation. All the information can be found under http://www.centbuttek.lu/aidez-nous
Irish Club Ball raises €7k - the Charity Auction succeeded in raising a total of €7,350, of which 50% will go towards Think Pink Lux (in Luxembourg) and Barnardos (in Ireland). Well done Irish Club of Luxembourg , Prisma is very happy to support such good causes!!!!
Prisma's CEO Carole Miltgen, appointed as one of two new board members for Make-a-Wish Luxembourg who grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. http://www.make-a-wish.lu/
« Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à Carole Miltgen comme nouveau membre du conseil d’administration de Make-A-Wish Luxembourg. «J’ai immédiatement senti que je voulais les aider. Mais, rien ne m’avait préparé aux histoires que j’ai découvertes et aux vœux qui ont été réalisés. Même si les histoires sont placées sous le signe de l’espoir et de la joie avec la réalisation du vœu, prendre connaissance de toutes les choses auxquelles les enfants et leur famille traversent m’a brisé le cœur.» nous raconte Carole. »
1st May tradition in Luxembourg: Méekranz! Whilst some hit the streets with the trade unions for their traditional 1st May marches, the Luxembourg youth goes into the wild to produce their wreath of foliage. The local Café with the biggest "Méekranz" obviously has the best customers, so the competition's on.
Once the bottles of beer have been drunk and the wreath is completed, it is loaded onto the tractor and taken to the local pub. Through the whole village, it is applauded by the locals and accompanied by the marching band. When they arrive at the local pub, the "Méekranz" is installed and the landlord offers a round of schnapps to all the villagers. The Fête du Village has officially been launched for young and old!!
The tradition of bundling fresh foliage together in a wreath, started long before May 1st has been known as the International Labor Day. Like so many, this tradition also goes back to a heathen feast during which blessed herbs and palm branches were scattered through the houses and each room was sprinkled with holy water, in order to keep the evil spirits at bay. Since it also marked the start of the sunny season it was frequently doused by a hearty drinking session with May-wine.
Keep your eyes open and see if you can spot some Méekranz outside your “Duerfcafé” on 1st May.
The ingredients for a successful Méekranz are:
- 1 local pub
- 1 friendly landlord
- 1 sleepless night
- 1 hangover
- 1 tractor
- 1 group of people who can hold their drink
- 2 crates of beer (minimum)
- Oh…and fresh spring foliage
On Easter Monday the famous “Eemaischen” will take place, both in Nospelt and around the fish market in Luxembourg City. www.emaischen.lu
On Easter Monday the Potter’s Guild is celebrating its guild festivities in St. Michael's Church on the fish market (“Fëschmaart”) in Luxembourg. After the church service, they organized a market where they were selling their pottery. In respect to a letter form 1827 it is believed that already then, the potters were selling the famous “Pëckvillercher”, these are whistles in the shape of a bird which lots of people collect.
In 1914 the last living potter died in Nospelt, where the potter’s guild existed since 1458.
With this I wish you a Happy Easter and hope to see many of you at one of the Eemaischen!
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Bretzelsonndeg (Pretzel Sunday) takes place 20 days before Easter, which is half through lent. In Luxembourg we therefore also call it Halleffaaschtensonndeg (half lent Sunday); this year it will be on 15th March.
At the beginning of spring, when positive emotions resurface, the boy gives a pretzel to the girl who he has laid his eyes on. The feelings for her must be as big and as sweet as the almond pastry that he is about to offer her. In case the feelings are mutual and the girl is interested, she will offer him a Chocolate Egg in return, on Easter Sunday. This means that it will leave her 20 days to consider her options…
The same rule applies for existing relationships where the man will offer his sweetheart a pretzel to re-emphasise his tender feelings for her.
In a leap year, it is the other way around and the girls take the lead by offering a pretzel to the boy.
Until the middle of the 20th century this was a local custom only, popular around the rivers Moselle and Sûre. Nowadays it is celebrated by everyone in Luxembourg.
It is said that long time ago, the custom imposed that couples who had married during the previous year, offer a pretzel to all the guests who had managed to receive a part of the bride’s garter…
During my youth when I was a member of the scouts, spring fewer started earlier for us…. I was told that if a boy was interested in a girl, he would blacken her face at Buergbrennen, with the cooled down ashes. This initial act then marked the beginning of the mating season which lead to Bretzels, Easter Eggs and ended up in marriage!
Although men should not need a reminder to offer something sweet to their honeys, it’s a great tradition for us women….. and the baker trade for that matter.
Just like every year The Luxembourg Rose Asbl organised its annual ball. This year it took place on 7 March 2015 in Hotel Alvisse.
During the ball the new Luxembourg Rose was elected. Aedammair Ni Chiardha, 25, from Dublin, works as a proofreader at the European Commission couldn’t believe that she won when accepting the crown.
For many years now Prisma is an active supporter of the Rose and the ball as all the proceeds of the evening go to charity. The food table “Cent Buttek” is one of the chosen charities for 2015.