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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2019 and 2020

The New Year is observed in Luxembourg with widespread celebrations on 31 December, and a New Year’s Day public holiday on 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day

Luxembourg combines its own New Year’s traditions with spill-over traditions from neighbouring France and Germany and with more general practices like seeing fireworks and making New Year’s resolutions.

On 31 December, families often gather to eat a fairly simple feast with roots in earlier days when most people in Luxembourg were farmers. A cold plate with ham, sausage, and cheese, a few meat and fish dishes, onion soup, and salad are all typical. Deserts like butter cake served with ice cream are also popular.

At midnight, toasts are often made with a glass of Crémant, a sparkling wine. And the supermarkets are overflowing with salty French oysters this time of year. From Germany, marzipan pigs and chimney sweepers are imported and consumed in accord with old traditions that doing so will bring the eater good luck.

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