Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday in Luxembourg *

Photo: Marc Wilwert / Luxemburger Wort /
It's Easter Monday and thus it was time for the traditional Eemaischen market in Luxembourg today. Among the thousands to crowd the streets of the Luxembourgish capital as well as the village of Nospelt were Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. While the Hereditary Grand Duke has been a frequent visitor to the event, the Hereditary Grand Duchess got her first (public) taste of a long-standing Luxembourgish tradition.

Photo: Alice Steyer-Fonck / RTL /
The most famous feature of the Eemaischen market are the Péckvillercher, little handmade earthenware whistles shaped like birds. Prime minister Xavier Bettel didn't miss the opportunity to gift such a Péckvillchen, appropriately with a crown on its head, to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. Seemingly much to everyone's delight, he immediately tried it out. Originally a gift between lovers, Péckvillchen have become popular collector items.

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple was invited by the Comité Alstad association to visit the market which also includes music, dancing and other performances. They were accompanied by prime minister Xavier Bettel and his partner Destenay Gauthier as well as Luxembourg's mayor Lydie Polfer. All of them were welcomed by the president and general secretary of the Comité Alstad Jean-Mathias Goerens and Claude Esch at the Fëschmaart at 10:30am this morning before touring the Eemaischen together.

More pictures of today are available at Wort in German, Wort in French and Wort in English as well as Tageblatt, L'essentiel in French, L'essentiel in German, RTL, Manuel Dias and the cour grand-ducale. RTL covered the Eemaischen in their French evening news with the Luxembourgish version also available.

Source: Wort, Cour grand-ducale

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