National Day in Luxembourg
National Day is a public holiday in Luxembourg that is observed annually on the 23rd day of June. Also known as Grand Duke Day, this day isn’t just a national holiday but is also the official birthday celebration of the Grand Duke—even though no Grand Duke or Duchess has ever had a birthday on this date.
Regardless, it’s a holiday that’s enjoyed with much enthusiasm and there are a variety of events for both citizens and tourists alike to enjoy. There are ceremonies, torchlight processions, open-air parties, concerts, and even fireworks. There’s a lot of things for people to do on this public holiday.
The History Of National Day In Luxembourg
Since Luxembourg was a part of the Netherlands, observing the monarch’s birthday was an important celebration. That’s why when Grand Duchess Charlotte ascended to the throne in 1919, this day became an important holiday.
It was originally held on her birthday, a day that fell on January 23, 1896, but celebrations were moved to June so that there would be better weather for celebrations. In 1941, it was officially made a national holiday and the date of June 23rd would be fixed in 1961 by decree.
Observing National Day In Luxembourg
This holiday actually begins the night before the 23rd of June with a changing of the guard at Grand-Ducal palace. This takes place at 4 pm Luxembourg time. Then there’s a torchlight procession that takes place in the capital city. There is also a special mass at the cathedral and fireworks on the eve of this holiday.
The next day there are military and civil services parades, a 101-cannon salute, and open-air parties that feature beer, wine, potato fritters, and sausages. There are also free concerts and games played at local parks. At the end of the day, there’s a reception at Grand Ducal Palace, as well as a large street party and more fireworks.