Bretzelsonndeg - a pretzel for your love Beware of baskets!

According to tradition, a man should offer his  sweetheart a pretzel on Pretzel Sunday ('Bretzelsonndeg'). If the feelings are shared, he will be given an Easter egg. Otherwise, he will get the proverbial basket.

A sign of affection

Bretzelsonndeg is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Save the date, because if you forget it, it could have a negative impact on your love life.

In fact, on Pretzel Sunday, men give these delightful pastries - pretzels - to their sweethearts as a token of their feelings. If all goes well, the men receive eggs from them for Easter. Otherwise, they will get an empty basket, hence the Luxembourgish expression De Kuerf kréien (to be given the basket), meaning to be rejected.

In leap years, the tradition is reversed: girls offer their sweetheart a pretzel.

A delightful pastry

Pretzels are a Luxembourg specialty, made of puff pastry with fondant icing and almonds, representing two lovers arm in arm. Although pretzels were originally savoury (salted), the sweet version is more common nowadays.

The capital has actually reintroduced a big parade for the event. Featuring a Pretzel Queen, the parade goes through the city centre, distributing huge amounts of delicious pastries. Of course, as opposed to being a proof of love, this event is first and foremost an efficient advertising stunt of which bakers take advantage.

© Zineb Ruppert

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