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Bakers prepare for “Bretzelsonndeg”
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Bakers prepare for “Bretzelsonndeg”

26.03.2014 From our online archive
Just a few days ahead of the traditional pretzel Sunday, bakers from Luxembourg distributed almond pretzels to passersby and politicians in Luxembourg City on Tuesday.

(CS) Just a few days ahead of the traditional pretzel Sunday, bakers from Luxembourg distributed almond pretzels to passersby and politicians in Luxembourg City on Tuesday.

“Bretzelsonndeg” – or pretzel Sunday – marks the halfway point of Lent. While Christians will usually fast in the run-up to Easter, they are given a day of respite in the Grand Duchy and can enjoy a delicious pastry, around three weeks into Lent.

This year, the day will be celebrated on March 30.

In a bit of culinary match-making, traditionally, men will buy their sweetheart a pretzel as a sign of affection. At Easter they will receive a chocolate egg in return as a confirmation of love – provided that the lady in question actually like the pretzel-giver.

In leap-years, such as last year, the tradition is reversed and women buy the "Bretzel".

While the pretzels have been available at shops for weeks, members of the bakers's federation gave the public a free taste of what they're offering this year in the capital at the traditional pretzel “cortège” on Tuesday.

They also stopped by government offices and the town hall, where politicians including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and mayor Lydie Polfer received their “Bretzel”.