Luxembourg's official bank holidays, weekends and weekdaysLuxembourg's official bank holidays, weekends and weekdays

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All you need to know about holidays in Luxembourg

Luxembourg's national holidays affect the ordinary life of the Grand Duchy. There are 11 statutory holidays in Luxembourg. Of these, 8 have a fixed calendar date and 3 have variable dates.

Most shops, museums, exhibitions, banks, and other places will be closed on public holidays. All arrangements should be made provisionally.

Luxembourg national holidays calendar for 2024
New YearJanuary 1
Easter Monday*April 1
Labor DayMay 1
Europe DayMay 9
Ascension*May 9
Trinity Monday*May 20
National DayJune 23
AssumptionAugust 15
All Saints' DayNovember 1
ChristmasDecember 25
St Stephen's DayDecember 26

* holidays with unique dates for each year (i.e. depending on Easter) are highlighted.

If one of the public holidays falls on a weekend, then any Luxembourg employee has the right to paid time off. The same applies to the situation when the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, that is, on a day off.

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New Year's Eve in Luxembourg is held on the night of December 31 to January 1: it is celebrated much more modestly than catholic Christmas.

Fireworks and flares
You can typically see local residents launch fireworks and flares around midnight at designated locations where municipalities have lifted the ban on pyrotechnics.
Family dinner
The holiday is traditionally celebrated among family members with a festive dinner. However, many people also go out for a walk on the city streets.

In Luxembourgish society, Easter is celebrated in both religious and secular circles.

In 2023, Easter in Luxembourg will fall on the 9th of April and Easter Monday — on the 10th of April.

Quiet week
It is quiet in Luxembourg during Holy Week. Traditionally, the main cathedral bell is sent to Rome to confess its sins.
Religious celebrations
Religious celebrations take place during Easter and attending mass is the usual custom. Meanwhile, kids and adults alike have Easter egg hunts.
The Emaischen Festival
The Emaischen Festival, a traditional local market, takes place on Easter Monday: special little clay birds called Péckvillercher can be found there.
All you need to know about Easter in Luxembourg 
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On May 1, several thousand people throughout Luxembourg traditionally take part in demonstrations organized by Luxembourg's largest trade unions, the OGBL and LCGB.

These festive manifestations are meant to be a reminder of the struggle of the free trade unions for the social gains for all.
Wreaths of green foliage
By weaving wreaths of green foliage in towns and villages people mark the arrival of spring and the beginning of the sunny season.
Lily as a present
On this occasion, you can present a lily of the valley sprig to your loved ones.
May 1
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This is a relatively new holiday in Luxembourg. It is therefore too early to talk about established traditions.

  • Europe Day was celebrated for the first time in Luxembourg on May 9, 2019. Since that, this day has been declared a public holiday and an official day off. 
  • Festive-themed events will take place around the country and in the capital.
May 9
How Europe Day is celebrated
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The Ascension of Jesus is a national holiday celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter. This is a statutory weekend in Luxembourg and it is accompanied by a traditional church service.

Church service
A festive church service is held
Poultry dishes
It is a common tradition to eat poultry dishes or pastries in the shape of chicken.

Pentecost Monday, Spirit Day, or Pfingstmontag are all the names of the one holiday that is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter.

The symbol of the holiday is the dove, which is seen as a sign of the descent of the Holy Spirit to earth.
Flowers and greenery
To symbolize the arrival of spring, it is customary to decorate houses and churches with flowers and bright greenery.
Church services
Churches hold a celebratory mass on this day.
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One of the major public holidays. Luxembourg's National Day was historically considered to be the birthday of the Grand Duke. Although no sovereign was born on this date, the holiday was definitively established on June 23 in the middle of the last century.

Torchlight procession
National Day
What to do on the National Day
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The Assumption of Our Lady Virgin Mary is a religious holiday and an official day off. Shops, banks, schools, and most businesses are closed.

Church service
Religious people gather in churches to receive Holy Communion and to pray
Blessing of herbs
This ritual has been preserved only in a small number of localities in Luxembourg.
A procession in honor of the Virgin Mary is held in and around the capital.

Luxembourg has a very strong tradition of devotion to the Virgin Mary:

  • Statues of Our Lady can be found in alcoves in buildings throughout the capital.
  • In honor of the Virgin Mary, a two-week octave holiday is celebrated.
Assumption Day in Luxembourg: Our Lady and the celebrations
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This holiday is marked on November 1 and is closely related to the Commemoration of the Deceased Day, which is right next to it, on November 2.

Memory of the deceased
During All Saints, it is common to visit the burial places of friends and relatives to honor the memory of the deceased.
Church visits
Traditionally, a church service is held on All Saints' Day.

November 1st is a public holiday when people can rest. However, this does not apply to November 2nd.

In winter, Luxembourg celebrates its main festive event — Christmas. Preparations usually start well in advance: the Luxembourg Christmas season traditionally kicks off in the second half of November.

Winterlights festival
The capital is decorated with festive lights as part of the Winterlights festival
Christmas fairs
Open to adults and children all over Luxembourg
Concerts and Shows
As well as street performances, plays and parades
Christmas celebrations in Luxembourg
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Another public holiday in Luxembourg, which is celebrated right after Christmas. Similarly to December 25, the following date is non-working.

Religious holiday
In Luxembourg, the celebration has a religious rather than a secular nature.
Boxing Day
In some other states, you can hear the name Boxing Day, which is more or less common.
December 26
St. Stephen's Day Celebration
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