Prisma is an independent privately owned company in Luxembourg, active since 2006. There has been some confusion due to a recent press publication (Ignites 2 February 2016), which we'd like to rectify herewith by sharing this extract from the Deloitte press release:
"Deloitte’s regulatory and investor reporting managed service sees name change.
Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has changed the name of its new managed service for insurers, investment bankers and insurance firms. It will now trade as Deloitte Regulatory and Investor Reporting Managed Services.
Deloitte’s service was previously traded under the name Prisma. As Prisma S.A. in Luxembourg offers some similar services, Deloitte has updated its service’s name."
Don't hesitate to contact us any time if you would like to receive more information or have any questions.
Congratulations to our CEO Carole Miltgen, for being elected to the Council for the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg. http://www.bcc.lu/about-chamber/council-members
Prisma is celebrating 10 years of dedication to financial communication!
Is there a difference between a female and a male entrepreneur? We do some detective work.
Financial Accounts can be tricky to organise as it involves so many different players. We are used to and produce reports on a daily basis. Let us know how we can assist you on the Annual Report production and prepare the Semi-Annual version in a couple of months.
Escape from isolation. This was the slogan for the charity who we supported end of 2015.
What’s up in Luxembourg? We’ve prepared a little list for you.
Have a great spring, a hot summer and great holidays!
Just click on this link to access our latest newsletter and get answers to all the above topics:
Prisma Newsletter 2016
Just like every year Prisma sponsored the The Luxembourg Rose Annual Ball.
During the ball the new Luxembourg Rose was elected. At the end it was Síle Reidy, 20, from Tralee in County Kerry, who wore 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”, close to our heart, was one of the chosen charities for 2015.
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 6th 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. As 2016 is a leap year we ladies are in charge of the sweet delights.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.