Festival and traditions

The broom is being celebrated this weekend

In Wiltz, one of the country's major festivals takes place

geenzefest-200112Do you look forward to the carnival parades each year? Do you enjoy the wine festival in Grevenmacher? Then Wiltz is the perfect place for you this weekend, with the 67th edition of the Broom Festival, or 'Gënzefest'.

16 May 2016 (Whit Monday) is the date for the traditional parade of floats marking the end of the 'Gënzefest', or 'Geenzefest', as people in the north of the Grand Duchy would say (broom festival or fantasia). Decorated floats, built and decorated by volunteers over a period of several weeks before the event, will be paraded through the streets of Wiltz, in the Ardennes, accompanied by national and international music and folk groups.

A well-stuffed programme

As well as the parade, there is an extensive programme of festivities throughout the Whit weekend: exhibitions, the crowning of the Broom Queen, a flea market at the castle and in the Grand-Rue, folk displays, concerts, shows, and the broom dance. Exceptionally, shops and museums in Wiltz are all open on Whit Monday. And entrance to the museums is free to 'Geenzefest' visitors.

Celebrated since 1949, the Broom Festival showcases the broom, a yellow-flowered shrub that is particularly abundant on the hills of the Oesling region at this time of the year, literally bathing the landscape in a golden yellow every year.

Over the years, the 'Geenzefest' has become one of the most important folk events in the Grand Duchy, attracting nearly 10,000 visitors each year to the winding streets of the main town in the Ardennes area.

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

  • Updated 13-05-2016