Festivals in Luxembourg cityEdit This
Luxembourg City festivals are a popular feature of this small country nestled between France, Germany and Belgium.
The Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg is the principal religious event that is held in the second half of April. A pilgrimage is made by tourists to the cathedral in Luxembourg City. The festival started during the 17th century when the local council chose the Virgin Mary to be their patron saint and called upon her to save them from the plague. There is a black carved statue of Virgin Mary in the cathedral which is placed upon a special altar in the main choir. Several street festivals are also held during this time.
Dancing Procession of Echternach
The Spring procession of Echternach is held on Tuesday after Whitsun. This religious event is held in honor of St. Willibrord who lived during the eighth century. The legend behind this festival is that a local horse thief by the name of Veidt was sentenced to death. He was granted 1 last wish before his sentence was carried out. His request was to play his fiddle. The music was so popular and lively that everyone in the audience started swaying to the music. During this period, the thief escaped and was never seen again. People from the neighboring countries of Germany, France and Belgium come to Echternach to take part in the festival.
Schueberfouer, the biggest fair of Luxembourg, is held annually in Limpertsberg. It lasts for a period of 20 days during the months of August and September. The fair features rides, restaurants and food stalls. More than 2 million visitors have been reported to attend the fair. It was founded in 1340 by John the Blind, King of Bohemia.
Luxembourg's annual Printemps Musical Festival can be held anytime between March and June. The best of jazz and world music is played at various concert venues throughout the city by international artists as well as new artists. The 2010 Printemps Festival promises performances by artists such as Sara Tavares and Lila Downs. Anybody who is a music aficionado tries to attend this festival that has now attained a cult status.
Open air markets are held every Wednesday and Sunday. You will find stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as home-made articles such as fresh jam and cheese. You can bargain with the stall-owners to get the best deal on the articles. From June to October musical concerts are held. Bands from all over the country come to participate in these concerts. The music can range from classical music to modern rock. People turn out in large numbers to attend these concerts that are also very popular with tourists.
Other festivals such as Blues'n Jazz Rallye, International Theatre and Music Festival in Wiltz, Journée Européenne du Patrimoine and the Nights of the Museum are some of the other festivals that are celebrated in and around Luxembourg.