May Day probably conjures up images of maypole dancing and village fetes, but here in Luxembourg May is marked by numerous public holidays, the making of May wreaths (meekranz) and the traditional pilgrimage; the Octave.
Meekranz: May Wreaths (May 1)
On the 1st of May you may see hoards of people, organised by local associations, heading into the forest and then, surprisingly, heading out with branches and leaves in hand. The Luxembourgers use these leaves and branches to weave and make simple Meekranz (May wreaths). These are then hung on houses above the doorways to bring in the summer. So don’t complain about the weather; instead take a basket and head out to the forest on May 1st to do your part!
Octave (May 6-21)
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