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.
For a few years now, we have taken the decision to support the less fortunate in our society; instead of buying individual year-end gifts, we donate money to a charity.
“24 days for the cent to drop” – this was the motto for our 2014 year-end campaign.
We offered a euro for a thought, by encouraging our clients and friends to like, share and comment our activities on Facebook.
Between 1 and 24 December we have managed to receive 2951 feedbacks, representing 3,000 EUR for the food bank “Cent Buttek”.
We have handed over the cheque today. The full details can be found in the Delano paper today.
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“How many more sleeps before Kleeschen comes?” was the question would ask my parents.
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.