Smiles, and masks, as international bazaar returns

More than 40 countries over the weekend offered traditional food, drink and an assortment of arts and crafts as the international bazaar returned for its first edition since the start of the pandemic.

The event every year collects more than €500,000 for charity and is organised by around 1,500 volunteers. Because of pandemic restrictions, there were fewer stands in the 2021 edition but there was still plenty on offer with the bazaar adding a preview night on 25 November. 

Prime minister Xavier Bettel and his husband Gauthier Destenay were spotted shopping at the bazaar, which Grand Duchess Maria Teresa officially opened on Saturday. The grand duchess was joined by Crown Prince Guillaume, Crown Princess Stéphanie and their young son, Prince Charles, who was seen walking about.

The event took place under the CovidCheck regime meaning visitors had to present a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate at the entrance. Free tickets could be booked in advance online or were available for €3 at the door.

Charities active in 39 different countries will receive funds from this year’s proceeds, supporting projects in areas such as education, health, support for persons with disabilities, access to clear water and environmental protection.