Luxembourg’s Traditions: September 2017

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The Schueberfouer is in full swing and there are special days a-coming in September. But this month marks out even more occasions to celebrate: shopping bargains, medieval festivals, harvest festivals and of course, Crémant!

August 23 – September 11: D’Schueberfouer

Luxembourg’s 677th funfair is in full swing and as usual offers some new games and attractions. Check out their website in 4 languages which gives you all the information and be sure to download the app.

The main events still to come are:

September 7- Citizen’s day (Biergerdag
Historically, the citizens helped businesses on the day of the braderie; as a reward, the traders invited the citizens to spend a day at the Schueberfouer, hence the name. This day always occurs on the last Thursday of the fair and dates back to 1913. It was the last opportunity for the chic fashionable people from Luxembourg town to display their summer clothes before the autumn and winter season.

September 11 – Closing of the Schueberfouer
The great party goes out with a bang, literally. All attractions will be half-price from 11am until 8 pm and the the fair will close with fireworks at 10pm.

September is often referred to in luxembourgish as ‘den Hierschtmount’, the autumn month. The closing of the Schueberfouer doors at 1 am is taken by many each year to symbolise the end of summer, and so time to go back to school and work.

September 3 & 4: Fouersonndeg & d’Braderie

The ‘Braderie’ tradition, which started in 1929, goes hand in hand with the Schueberfouer. It is the most important commercial event of the year. The city becomes a pedestrian zone with stands, drinks & food being offered; not only are the shops selling off their summer stock, but they also give reductions on new collections. Young and old are drawn to bargain-hunt every year and many end their day with a turn at the Schueberfouer.

September 8-10 : Maacher Drauwen- a Wäifest

Wine takes centre-stage this month as Grevenmacher will host its 68th annual Fête du Raisin et du Vin on the weekend of the September 8-10. The wine festival is the largest in Luxembourg and each year draws up to 20,000 people.

The festival begins on Friday with the crowning of the Reine du Vin, the Wine Festival Queen. As the Wine Queen she will be responsible for representing Luxembourg wines at cultural events both nationally and internationally.

On Saturday, the streets of Grevenmacher will become a pedestrian zone offering food, wine, crémant, music and other entertainment. Festivities conclude this day with spectacular fireworks set off above the Moselle River.

The celebrations continue on Sunday, with performances, entertainment and more wine. In the afternoon many organisations will participate in the annual cortège. The fun will continue until until late at night.

Free bus service is usually provided between Luxembourg Ville and Grevenmacher, you can find the detailed program on their website.

September 9-10: Butschebuerger Buergfest

If you’re not a great wine fan, explore this festival instead; it’s an ideal chance to do some time-travel to the medieval ages in the south of Luxembourg, in Burange near Dudelange. The festival is a very authentic one with some 100 craftsmen and merchants presenting their wares as well as fun and entertainment for the whole family, from bird shows to swords fights, acrobats and a knight tournament. Details of the program can be found on www.buergfest.lu.

Article written by Marie Claire O’Sullivan, on behalf of www.luxmeetgreet.com

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