Each year, Luxembourg celebrates its national holiday, what is meant to be the Grand Duke’s birthday, on June 23rd. This year the LuxCitizenship team all journeyed to Luxembourg City for the festivities.

It is a site to see all the Luxembourg flags flying in the country, from the Capital through to every village. Traditionally, a number of concerts are held in Luxembourg City on the evening of June 22nd followed by a large fireworks show. A smaller festival with fireworks is also held in Esch-sur-Alzette. In smaller townships in the countryside, the local town hall may provide a feast for local residents.

On June 23rd, there are a number of events held in Luxembourg City. The central event of the day is a military parade held near on a principal avenue near the Luxembourg City train station. The team learned that there is a strict protocol to the traditions of the parade. Crowds gather to get a glimpse of the walk-by of the Grand Duke who inspects the country’s troops. Military bands eventually give way to a number of military vehicles as well as emergency services vehicles from around the country. The LuxCitizenship team agreed that the best part may have in fact been the multiple platoons of rescue dogs.

Following the military parade, a Te Deum, or inter faith religious ceremony where traditional songs are sung, is held at the National Cathedral. The entire Grand Ducal family is attendance for this event.

The National Holiday is a unique time to see Luxembourg when the country is in full bloom and the Grand Duke’s flag is flying everywhere across the country. Applicants should note that government offices are closed in observance of the holiday.