LIFESTYLE GOING NATIVE
All good Luxembourgers head up to Luxexpo every spring and autumn for the biannual trade fairs. Many spend their time simply wandering around the exhibit halls collecting as many freebies--pens, mouse pads, memory sticks--as they can, but those who take the fair seriously can get advice on building and renovating, pick up decorating ideas and even order the latest home technologies equipment. The fair enjoys royal patronage and is used by the minister of the economy to make a keynote speech on the state of the nation’s economy.
October 15-23, Luxexpo, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, www.luxexpo.lu
October 23, Luxembourg City and other towns and shopping centres, www.cityshopping.lu
Shops in Luxembourg traditionally open for business on the Sunday in the week before All Saints’ Day. It is one of eight Sundays on which most shops are allowed to do business. Mantelsonnden, as it is called in Luxembourg, is purportedly a special opening to allow those planning to visit the graves of their loved ones on All Saints’ Day to buy a new coat--the first of November is, after all, an important day in the social calendar and many Luxembourgers wouldn’t be seen dead at the cemetery wearing last year’s fashion.
“ NICELY DIVERSIFIED. IT’S A PLACE YOU CAN REALLY MIX IT UP. IT’S ALSO A GOOD PLACE TO REACH OUT TO BUSINESS AND TO THE GOVERNMENT.”
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
As an official Holy Day of Obligation in the calendar of the Catholic Church, it is little surprise that November 1, All Saints ’ Day, is a public holiday in Luxembourg. Tradition has it that Luxembourgers spend the day thinking about their loved ones who have died--the cemeteries are packed with families paying their respects. Several theories can be used to explain how the first of November came to mark such an important day in the church calendar. Some trace the date back to Celtic tradition and in particular the harvest festival of Samhain, while there are also records that suggest the festival of all the saints was already widely celebrated on November 1 in the days of Charlemagne. By 835, in any case, it was being widely celebrated in the Catholic Church and has retained its status ever since. Those souls that have ascended to heaven are remembered on November 1, while those that are not yet purified and have not reached heaven are honoured the following day, All Souls’ Day. November 1 & 2, churches throughout the country
SUDHIR KOHLI: Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg
Highlights from the directory of local associations found on Delano.lu
The Luxembourgish Schools Support Group is a group of volunteer parents who provide information in English on the state education system. www.lssg.lu
The Telstar International Scout Group provides an exciting programme of activities for young people from 6-18 years of age. www.telstar.lu
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