There are deep roots to the tradition of keeping Assumption Day in Luxembourg. And yet, many of those traditions have waned and become restricted to the village of Greiveldange, for the most part. That is despite Assumption Day, every 15 August, having public holiday status throughout the country.
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Some of the more devoutly religious Catholics in Luxembourg will attend Assumption Day mass. But for many, it’s just a day off work and a chance to visit the events in Greiveldange. In that tiny village, the ancient herb-blessing ceremony and harvest related aspects of Assumption Day live on. A priest will bless a bundle of herbs brought in by various members of the congregation.
There will also be a street procession, and there will be parties held throughout town where you can try wines made from locally grown grapes. There are also many cultural events, fresh produce sold at the market, local handicrafts sold as souvenirs, a free to attend evening dance, and much more to explore at this popular annual event.
The rest of Luxembourg is a bit quieter on Assumption Day, but some people still attend mass and a few other local events.