Bretzelsonndeg - a pretzel for love Beware of baskets!

On Bretzelsonndeg, or Pretzel Sunday, women are given this famous puff pastry with sugar icing and almonds as a token of love. If the feelings are mutual, their loved one will be given an egg at Easter. Otherwise he gets an empty basket, the origin of the expression 'De Kuerf kréien': being dumped. In leap years, the tradition is reversed.

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 man receives an egg from her for Easter. If not, he is given an empty basket, hence the Luxembourg expression 'De Kuerf kréien', which translates as 'receiving a basket' and means that one has been dumped.

In leap years, the tradition is reversed And the women 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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