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St. Nick sails into Luxembourg

29.11.2015 From our online archive
While St Nicolas or the De Kleeschen as he’s known in Luxembourg, is making appearances up and down the country this weekend, one of his most important visits is his arrival into the Grand Duchy in Grevenmacher.

Long before the boat “Melusina II” sailing up the Moselle bringing the De Kleeschen to Grevenmacher docked,  he was spotted from afar by excited children who cheered on the banks of the Moselle as he approached.

De Kleeschen arrived as expected, accompanied by his opposite, the dreaded black-clad "Houseker, or Black Pete as some call him.

Both guests were welcomed by the town’s Mayor Léon Gloden, the alderman and other representatives of the community.

While St Nicolas or the De Kleeschen as he’s known in Luxembourg, is making appearances up and down the country this weekend, one of his most poignant and celebrated visits is his arrival into the Grand Duchy in Grevenmacher.

After De Kleeschen shook hands with virtually every child on the banks of the Moselle River, he climbed into a horse and carriage that took him to Grevenmacher market square where even more children and parents were waiting.

De Kleeschen and Houseker were treated to songs by local school children including the traditional St Nick song "Léiwe Kleeschen, gudde Kleeschen".

Finally procession visitors were rewarded with big bulging bags of sweets, before De Kleeschen and Houseker move on to their next town visit.

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