National holiday in Luxembourg (23/06)

The Luxembourg National Day in Luxembourg, the birthday of the Grand Duke, celebrated annually on June 23, is rich in traditions. In the evening, on the eve of the holiday, fireworks and concerts are arranged, and this lasts until late at night.

The public holiday begins shortly before noon, at which time the army marches to the Parliament and escorts the members of the government to the National Cathedral. Other members of the government, the royal family, the diplomatic corps and a large public have already gathered there.

After a short Te Deum service, the foreign minister invites the diplomatic corps to the national theater for breakfast. The day ends with lunch at the Palace of the Grand Duke. Parades and festivities take place throughout the day.

The Luxembourg public holiday is celebrated on June 23, despite the fact that Grand Duke Henri's real birthday falls on April 16 (1955). But also his father Jean, being the Grand Duke, moved the celebration of his birthday, which falls on January 5, to the summer. After all, January in Luxembourg is not the best time of the year for parades and fireworks, so His Royal Highness kindly agreed to move the date of celebrations by 5 months to allow the citizens of Luxembourg to enjoy their national holiday more.