Wednesday, February 2, 2011
February 2nd is "Liichtmëssdag" here in Luxembourg. It is a very exiting day for the children. The young ones make a beautiful lantern at school. The village children are divided into small groups and go door to door.
"It is the feast of Saint Blaise. There is a local tradition that children go out with lanterns and sing songs on doorsteps. The point is that they are wishing you good health for the rest of the year and you are supposed to reciprocate with sweets or money. Modern children are likely to be rather disappointed if you hand out bacon and peas, which is actually what they are asking for in the song."