Prisma News

  • 19 January 2016 EUR2,200 donated to charity

    2,200 EUR donated to Mathëllef Asbl at the Moutforter Haff in the presence of Guy de Muyser, president of the Asbl and Carole Miltgen, CEO Prisma. "Escape from Isolation" was the motto of our year-end activity in 2015. Instead of offering individual gifts to clients, Prisma has made a donation to a charity who support psychologically ill people in their daily struggle to fit into the so-called normal world.

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  • 6 January 2016 Dräikinneksdag

    On the 6th of January each year in Luxembourg we celebrate “Dräikinneksdag” (loosely translated into: 3 Kings-day)

    The 6th of January the Christians all around the world celebrate “Epiphany” meaning the Vision of God and the revelation of God’s son as a human being and the visit of the Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) from the East bringing myrrh, gold and frankincense when visiting Jesus after his birth.

    In Luxembourg you will see these days in the bakeries some cakes made of puff cake and almonds with a crown on top. These cakes are our traditional “Dräikinnekskuch” or “Galettes des Rois”, which you will share with your family. Inside the frangipane filling a bean is hidden and he/she who bites on the bean will be the king of the family for a day and can wear the crown. Luxembourg shares this tradition with France.

    In Spain for instance the children don’t get their gifts from “St. Nicolas” on 6th December but by the Three Kings on 6th January.

    In Germany the children are dressed up as kings, the so called “Sternensinger” (star singers), and they go from house to house collected money for Christian charities. For those who give money, the children will write with chalk C+M+B+2016* (always the current year) over the door, which is supposed to bless the house.

    * Christus mansionem benedicat (Christ bless this house) - for others it’s just the 3 first letters of the Kings, “Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar”.

     

    Enjoy the Dräikinnekskuch and hopefully you’ll be crowned King for a day!

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  • 1 January 2016 Happy New Year

    Mir wenschen Iech e gudden Rutsch an d'Neit Joer!!! May 2016 be life-changing, inspiring, incredible, fantastic, magnificent, extraordinary, wonderful, jubilant, blissful, mind-blowing and very happy for you! Thank you so much for your trust in Prisma S.A. during 2015. We wish you all a very happy New Year 2016!

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  • 6 December 2015 Léiwe Kleeschen

    Léiwe Kleeschen, gudde Kleeschen
    Bréng eis Saachen, allerhand,
    Fir ze kucken, fir ze schmaachen,
    Aus dem schéinen Himmelsland.
    Bei der Dier do stinn eis Telleren
    Beieneen an enger Rei
    'T läit och Hee do fir Däin Iesel
    Dofir bréng ons Spillgezei. (bis)

     

    St Nicolas (or Kleeschen in Luxembourgish) comes down from heaven during the night of 5th to 6th December. He is bringing sweets and toys to those children who have been good during the year.

    When I was young, as soon as I would see Christmas decoration in the shops, I would ask my parents “how many more sleeps before Kleeschen comes”?  It was the excitement of the year! Since Kleeschen only gives gifts to the well-behaved children, my parents used him as a pressurising medium saying that if I did not do this or that, he would not visit me at all!

    So in the event of us not having been good, his partner “Houseker” with the carbon smeared face and dark clothes, would call on us and all other misbehaved children, with his birch-rods. In our house we disappeared under the kitchen table when his name was mentioned….

    Hoping that I would be considered by the holy man, I cut out all the pictures from the toy catalogue which I would glue on the handwritten letter that I had prepared for him. I was not sure if he would get the letter in time and how he would manage to visit all the children in one night, but I trusted that he would somehow find my house.

    As of 1st Advent already, we were allowed to put our shoes outside, for them to be filled with sweets. Next to them, we’d put some hay for Kleeschen’s donkey and Schnapps for Houseker. We children would try to stay up all night to catch him “in flagrante delicto”, but we never saw him. We did however find that our parents behaved ever so strangely when we caught them next to our footwear...  

    On the 6th itself we would get up at the crack of dawn, run down the stairs to find the dining table full of plates filled with chocolate, marzipan, nuts and clementines.  Next to the plates would be beautifully wrapped boxes filled with Barbie dolls, electric trains and other toy beauties which we had hoped for.  We’d play with them all day, as Luxembourg is the only country in the world where children are off on the St Nicolas day. For us, Kleeschen was much more important than Christmas. It was on the 6th December that we would get our toys whilst we’d only get a garment on the 24th.

    My sister remembers that one year, whilst sitting on Kleeschen’s lap, I pulled his beard down to see if he was real. We have no recollection though about what went through my head when I saw that he was not who he pretended to be.  

    In any case, St. Nicolas is not only the protector of children, he is the also the patron saint for seamen and tradesman. In Russia for instance, St. Nicolas is, after Maria, the second most admired sainthood.

     

    Happy Kleesechersdaag!

  • 18 November 2015 Escape from isolation – Year-end 2015 charity

    Imagine living every day in isolation because you no longer fit into the so-called "normal" world. A lot of people feel this way.

    In our fast-paced society it is somehow expected that everybody is perfect. We have to think fast, move smoothly, talk carefully, dream little and demand a lot, especially from ourselves. Some people suffer terribly under this constant pressure and break down.  

    For the year-end 2015, we have decided to support "Mathëllef Asbl", a therapeutic workshop for people with psychological illness. Mathëllef supports these people in their effort to be part of the society, by reconnecting them with what we call "normal" people, offering them a therapy, as well as professional and social rehabilitation.

    Between 19 November and mid-December, we will post unknown facts about the Prisma team members on Facebook. We invite you to participate by taking a guess! For each like and/or comment we will donate 1 EUR to "Mathëllef Asbl".

    After helping children at Make-a-Wish, animals at the Elephant foundation and people in need at the Cent Buttek; it is now time to support those who are excluded from society as they deserve inclusion, love, support and help. We all do! Please visit our Facebook page as of tomorrow. 

  • 15 November 2015 Bazar de la Croix-Rouge

    Sunday 15 November 2015 at Halle Victor Hugo, Limpertsberg - food, drinks, gifts and more from all over the world - proceeds go to the Red Cross Luxembourg http://www.croix-rouge.lu/en/

    Aide aux réfugiés au Luxembourg et à l’étranger ainsi qu’aux familles en situation de précarité au Luxembourg

  • 14 November 2015 Havana Nights Gala for Make-a-Wish

    EUR 21,000.00 have been raised during the night in support of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  

    For the second time now, Make-a-Wish Luxembourg organised its annual charity ball. The theme for this year was “Havana Nights”, taking place in Hotel Alvisse.

    During the night there was lots of entertainment, including Cuban music and dance, cigars and cocktails, with the highlight being a video message from Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. As one of the auction prices Mr. Bettel offered a breakfast with him in his office and raised EUR 2,600 EUR for said price. The highest bid of the evening though was for an original Dan Neuhengen painting which was sold for EUR 3,500.00.

    http://www.wort.lu/en/community/havana-nights-gala-brings-hope-and-optimism-to-youngsters-cuba-comes-to-luxembourg-for-a-worthy-cause-564989b10da165c55dc4d5b9

  • 23 October 2015 Local Tradition: Mantelsonndeg

    On Sunday 25 October, is "MANTEL SONNDEG" (coat Sunday), which is another local tradition. The coat Sunday is taking place so people can buy their warm coats in preparation of the cold winter. Coat Sunday is the week before All Saint's Day. In the old days All Saint's would be the one occasion for which people would buy a new coat and proudly present it when paying their respects to the dead at the cemetery on 1st November.

    All the shops will be open on Sunday, so you may be convinced to buy more than just a coat....

    Enjoy and schéine Weekend!

    Men in Coats
  • 19 October 2015 Prisma Newsletter

    The fund prospectus is the most important document. The preparation can take a long time as all parties involved must ensure that the content is correct. We can assist you with the preparation of fully automated e-prospectuses. Contact us any time, as we’d be delighted to assist you and make your life easier.

    Milky wine in October… where does that idea come from?

    How can I do charitable work in Luxembourg?

    When is the International Bazar?

    Just click on the link to find out what this is all about: Prisma Newsletter 2015

  • 30 September 2015 Fiederwäissen

    The “Fiederwäissen“ is a wine that is still fermenting. The Fiederwäissen time normally lasts about 3 weeks. Because of rapid fermentation, Fiederwäissen cannot be stored for long and should be consumed within a few days of purchase.

    When pressing the grapes, must is generated and sugar is fermented. In doing so alcohol and carbon dioxide is produced. The yeast, which looks like tiny little feathers, gives the wine its milky white colour and consequently its name.

    Despite the innocent colour and the fruity taste, once cannot consider this drink as a “fruit juice”, as it contains 9% alcohol and thanks to the high level of carbon dioxide it is transported relatively quickly into the blood. This yearly delicacy is to be drunk in moderation!

    In general all sorts of wine can be used to produce Fiederwäissen however in Luxembourg, generally the „Rivaner“ is used due to its specific aroma.

    If drunk in moderation the Fiederwäissen, can be considered very healthy as it contains a lot of B1 and B2 Vitamines, these are good for your skin, your complexion and your hair. In addition it cleans your blood and purges your body. You must not put it in the fridge and enjoy it at 12-14°C. Now nothing stops you any more from having a drink!

    Cheers to that!

    “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.“
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616)