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A traditional market to celebrate the Octave of Pentecost
The roots of the Mäertchen can be traced to the Octave of Pentecost, a religious holiday held to honour the Virgin Mary, who is the patron saint of both the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and its capital. Pilgrims from all over the country and the Greater Region come to Luxembourg City. While Octave initially lasted for eight days (hence its name), it now lasts for 16 days between Easter and Pentecost, starting on the third Saturday after Easter.
Originally, the Mäertchen gave fasting pilgrims, most of whom came from rural areas and rarely travelled to the city, a chance to get some sustenance while shopping in the city right after mass.
Although the Mäertchen now has more of a fairground atmosphere with game stands, it has by no means lost its charm and appeal. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the city centre to enjoy the food, games and hawker's stands that take over Place Guillaume II and Place de la Constitution.
Dates, times and locations
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Mäertchen will unfortunately not take place in 2021.
Place Guillaume II (Knuedler) and Place de la Constitution
Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
Every year, Luxembourg City has the market tested by the association Info-handicap before it opens. This assessment is used to provide information to people with reduced mobility, as well as in awarding the EureWelcome label for temporary tourism and cultural sites, which is granted by the Ministry of the Economy.
Access for people with reduced mobility to the various stands and restaurants at the Octave market will be provided using outdoor ramps set up by fair workers. WCs, including a WC suited for people with special needs, will be installed at Place Guillaume II. They will be open to the public during the business hours of the market's stands and restaurants. A WC for people with disabilities will also be set up at Place de la Constitution (request key at Lounge Bar or the public toilet at Place de la Constitution). The WCs located at Cercle Cité, the Knuedler car park and Place de la Constitution will also be open to the public until 22:30 during the Octave market.
If you are dropping off someone with reduced mobility, access to the cathedral and market is easier if you let them out on Rue du Fossé or Rue Notre-Dame (near the cathedral). Additional reduced mobility parking spaces are provided on Rue Notre-Dame (along the courtyard of the Bibliothèque Nationale) and at the Klenge Knuedler car park for the duration of the Octave.
The City of Luxembourg wishes to encourage people with reduced mobility to take full advantage of the existing services and infrastructure by providing all the relevant information about accessibility.
For more information on accessibility, please visit www.eurewelcome.lu or contact the City of Luxembourg's Service intégration et besoins spécifiques (Integration and Special Needs Department) (Madeleine Kayser, Tel. 4796 4215, email@example.com).