Festivals and traditions

On 6 January it's Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is also celebrated in Luxembourg

06-kinnekOn 6 January each year, Luxembourgers celebrate 'Dräikinneksdag' (literally, the day of the three kings), or the Feast of the Epiphany (Twelfth Night). Epiphany is a Christian festival which celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men, or Kings, to see the baby Jesus. On the occasion of the Feast of the Epiphany it is common in Luxembourg to eat a traditional pastry.

This pastry is a cake made of 'frangipane' containing a small bean or figurine and accompanied by a crown made of gold-coloured cardboard. The person finding the bean or the figurine in their piece of cake will be king or queen of the day.

Every year on the occasion of Twelfth Night, the Luxembourgish Baker and Pastry Chef Federation (Fédération des patrons boulangers et pâtissiers) proposes a new recipe for the 'galette des rois.' In 2015 the professionals have opted for a creation based on chocolate spread.

Originally, the festival was a pagan celebration of Light. It is in fact at about 6 January that the lengthening of the daylight begins to be noticeable.

Epiphany (Twelfth Night) is a public holiday in a number of European countries, but not in the Grand Duchy.

(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 05-01-2016