Emaischen in Luxembourg: The whistling birds will restore the atmosphere

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NOSPELT – For the first time since the pandemic, the Émaischen will be held under the usual conditions this Easter Monday in Nospelt.

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The Émaischen returns to Nospelt on Monday.

Vincent Lescaut

Nicolas Berton, secretary of the non-profit organization Nouspelter Émaischen, keeps a tradition rooted in Nospelt alive.

Nicolas Berton, secretary of the non-profit organization Nouspelter Émaischen, keeps a tradition rooted in Nospelt alive.

Vincent Lescaut

It is therefore the return of the famous peckvillercher!

It is therefore the return of the famous peckvillercher!

Vincent Lescaut

The Péckvillercher are back! These famous little terracotta birds will be the stars of the Émaischen on this Easter Monday, after two years during which the event had been reduced to a drive-in, due to the pandemic. “The motivation is still very present within our teams after two years without a real party. We are impatient to hold our traditional Emaischen”, enthuses Nicolas Berton, secretary of the ASBL Nouspelter Émaischen.

In the meantime, everything is falling into place in the small town, thanks to the hundred volunteers mobilized for the event. The capitals have begun to be erected near the old barracks, which now serves as a pottery workshop. “The tradition passes from one generation to another, we always find potters,” says Nicolas Berton. They are young or older people who take up pottery. A woman from the village made more than 100!”.

5,000 visitors expected

The secretary of the association likes to recall the origin of the old tradition, which dates from the time when Nospelt produced many bricks: “At the end of the day, the craftsmen made small toys for the children with the remains of the material first. Then the idea stuck and it became a hallmark of the town.

So much so that the annual event attracts around 5,000 visitors. “We think that the public will come back, because people like to meet, especially now that there are no more health restrictions”, continues Nicolas Berton. On the side of the animations, are planned “a Brazilian dance, demonstrations of the potters of Nospelt and small concerts”. As well as the songs of the Péckvillercher, of course!

Émaischen / Péckvillerscher Nospelt photo: Vincent Lescaut
Vincent Lescaut

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