Luxembourgers love the carnival period, which officially begins on 2 February (Candlemas Day) to last until Ash Wednesday (Äschermëttwoch). Strictly speaking, the carnival period ends on Ash Wednesday, but in Luxembourg the merriment is not over by a long shot. Quite the contrary. Here the carnival period lasts until the fourth Sunday in Lent, which lies in the middle of the fasting period and is therefore called Halleffaaschten (Mid-Lent) or else Bretzelsonndeg (Pretzel Sunday).
The Fuesbôken are on the loose!
During the festival weeks and particularly on Fuessonnden (Carnival Sunday, 7 February 2016) and Fuessméinden (Carnival Monday, 8 February 2016), the city centres belong to the Fuesbôken, disguised as pirates, vampires, angels, princes(ses) oder in any other way. On these days, local associations organise a multitude of masked balls, processions and cavalcades for the young and the old.
The masked balls at three other places are particularly well-known as meeting places for 'fools': Echternach, Vianden and Wormeldange.
Sweeten your days!
Don't forget to sample typical Luxembourgish Carnival goodies, including:
- Verwurrelt Gedanken (scrambled thoughts) — knots of pastry sprinkled with icing sugar,
- Nonnefäscht (nuns' farts) — doughnuts sprinkled with icing sugar,
- Täertelcher — doughnuts,
- Maisercher — mouse-shaped donuts, and
- Stretzegebäck — small cakes made of pastry that is scalded before being baked.
The Stréimännchen is burning in Remich
The end of Carnival each year is marked by the burning of the 'Stréimännchen' (straw man): On Ash Wednesday, hundreds of Luxembourgers head for Remich for this joyful 'killing' which marks the end of winter as well as the end of Carnival. On leap years - and 2016 is one - a Stréifrächen, a woman of straw, is carried through the streets of the small Moselle town to be burned and thrown into the river.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)