Luxembourg has its own version of Halloween and it’s not to be missed! Marie-Claire O’Sullivan-Dahm of LuxMeetGreet explains the October tradition in the Duchy.
If you want to take part in Luxembourg’s version of Halloween and experience the beautiful setting of the Luxembourgish Ardennes, then a trip to Munshausen in the canton of Clervaux is a must in October. Between October 21st and November 3rd, the tourist center ‘Robbesscheier’ invites you to the annual “Trauliicht brennen”, an autumn highlight for the whole family. ‘Trauliichter’ are carved-out turnips transformed into lanterns similar to the Halloween pumpkins.
This tradition has its origin in the olden days, when the village boys brought back the cows from the fields into the shed. They used the ‘Trauliichter’ on their way home not only to show them the way but also to frighten girls. A lantern was put both on the left and the right of the entrance to the shed doors, and if the cows entered between both lanterns then they would be free of any sickness. It also served to chase away all those ghosts having gathered during the summer months.
Long before Irish emigrants headed for the United States around 1830, taking along their original popular All Saints’ Day traditions, people from the local Ardennes regions were placing ‘Trauliichter’ in streets, windows and cemeteries as it was a common belief in those days that on the night of the 31st of October the souls of the dead would come back. Everywhere people offered sweets to calm the dead. In recent years Halloween has also become more widely celebrated in Europe.
If you want to take part in this tradition and experience the beautiful setting of the Luxembourgish Ardennes, then a trip to Munshausen (Munzen in Luxembourgish) in the canton of Clervaux is a must in October.
This old tradition is being revived and kept alive daily from the October 21st to November 3rd at Robbesscheier’s Tourist Center. You can participate in the many activities offered such as carving your own turnip lantern, a lantern procession, and songs and stories will be organised. At the end, bad summer and winter spirits will be burned in a big campfire.
No reservation is required for families, however bigger groups should make a reservation: phone 92 17 45 -1 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Article written by Marie Claire O’Sullivan, on behalf of www.luxmeetgreet.com