National Holiday

National Holiday

23 June

National Holiday

National Day, undoubtedly one of Luxembourg’s biggest celebrations, takes place every year on 23 June in honour of the Grand Duke’s birthday.

The celebration of the sovereign’s birthday is a long-established tradition dating all the way back to the 18th century. During the reign of Grand Duchess Charlotte, it was decided to celebrate on the 23 June, despite the fact that she was born on 23 January. As the weather in January was deemed unsuitable for outdoor festivities, the celebrations were postponed to 23 June. The date hasn’t changed since.

The festivities start on the eve of National Day  with a solemn changing of the royal guard in front of the Grand Ducal Palace, followed by a torchlight procession (“Fakelzuch”) through the city’s streets and, later on in the evening, topped off with impressive firework displays fired from the Adolphe bridge. All throughout the night, the streets of Luxembourg City are transformed into a big open-air party with live concerts and DJs, attracting thousands of people.

On 23 June, official ceremonies are held throughout the day, including the military parade, the Te Deum in the late afternoon as well as the traditional 21-gun salute from Fetschenhof. National Day wouldn’t be complete without renditions of the national anthem “Ons Heemecht”.


Here are the lyrics of the national anthem:

Ons Heemecht

Wou d’Uelzecht durech d’Wisen zéit, 

Duerch d’Fielsen d’Sauer brëcht. 

Wou d’Rief laanscht d’Musel dofteg bléit, 

Den Himmel Wäin ons mëcht. 

Dat as onst Land, fir dat mir géif, 

Heinidden alles won. 

Ons Heemechtsland, dat mir sou déif 

An onsen Hierzer dron. 


O Du do uewen, deem séng Hand 

Duurch d’Welt d’Natioune leet. 

Behitt Du d’Lëtzebuerger Land 

Vru friemem Joch a Leed! 

Du hues on all als Kanner schon 

de fräie Geescht jo gin. 

Looss viru blénken d’Fräiheetssonn 

Déi mir sou laang gesin. 


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