March 2020

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1 March: Buergbrennen
On the first Sunday after Carnival, bonfires are lit throughout Luxembourg in honour of this pagan tradition which involves chasing away the winter. Buergbrennen symbolises the arrival of spring, as the warm weather replaces the winter cold

3 March – Mulled Wine Day
Wine festivals are village events usually held in spring through late summer, arranged at local wineries or outdoors. Wine festivals are complemented with live music and traditional food, along with local wine and beer. On a Proufdag (tasting day) in May and June, each winery opens its cellars and organizes tastings of its latest seasonal wines. Villages along the Moselle river are the usual locations, and to celebrate a harvest sometimes the town’s fountains flow with wine. Grevenmacher and the Riesling Open in September are most popular.

14 March: Gasperich Ceili
The coronavirus is continuing to spread and appears to be easily transmitted. Since Ceili dancing involves a high level of interaction, we have decided
it would be prudent to cancel our Gasperich Ceili events on 14 March.

14 & 15 March: The International Bazaar Book Stand
For details click Bazaar Book Stand.  In the light of current circumstances the Book Stand Spring Fundraiser sale held on the 14 & 15 March in Weimershof is cancelled.

17 March: St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick
a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. He was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”.

18 March – World Riesling Day
Wine festivals are village events usually held in spring through late summer, arranged at local wineries or outdoors. Wine festivals are complemented with live music and traditional food, along with local wine and beer. On a Proufdag (tasting day) in May and June, each winery opens its cellars and organizes tastings of its latest seasonal wines. Villages along the Moselle river are the usual locations, and to celebrate a harvest sometimes the town’s fountains flow with wine. Grevenmacher and the Riesling Open in September are most popular.

22 March: Mothering Sunday
a holiday celebrated by Christians in the UK, Ireland and some other anglophone countries. Once observed as a day on which people visited the “mother” church, it has become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.

22 March: Bretzelsonndeg
Pretzel Sunday is a tradition that has seen many declarations of love over the centuries. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, men offer a pretzel to their sweetheart in exchange for their affections. In return, the chosen one can offer an egg come Easter Sunday. However, if you receive a basket, it means you have been rejected! Hence that typically Luxembourg expression “to be given the basket”, which means “to be rejected”. On leap years, it’s a role reversal, as tradition had it that the woman offers the pretzel and the man responds in turn with a egg at Easter.