Luxembourg’s traditional Easter or Emmaus or Emaischen market takes place in the streets behind the Grand Ducal palace.
Follow the sounds of the of iconic clay bird whistles, or “Péckvillercher”, to discover this festive market, celebrating garden art, handicrafts and spring. Each year, potters produce new colourful bird whistles to sell for the occasion.
Some of the finer ones are hand signed and become collectors’ items.
The clay whistle tradition is thought to date back to 4,500 BC although it did not catch on until the sixteenth century. The first Luxembourgish Péckvillchen are though to date back to between 1850 and 1914. During the First World War, the production of Péckvillercher, still called “Léinefässercher”, “Spriddelcher” or “Freieschtaser”, was stopped. It was not until 1938, when the Alstad Committee (Old Town) revived the tradition of the Eimaischen, that the modern Peckvillerers were born.
A market is held concurrently in the pottery town of Nospelt, more information about which can be found here.
Photo: Luc Deflorenne