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Luxembourg’s National Day celebrated in Ankara

Published Friday June 29 2018

On June 21, H.E. Georges Faber, the Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Turkey and Mrs Barbara Faber-Mohr hosted a reception to celebrate the Luxembourg National Day at their residence in Ankara.

Around 150 guests, including ambassadors, diplomats, and business executives took part in the celebrations after being warmly welcomed by the Ambassador, his wife Barbara and the staff of the Embassy.

 About Luxembourg’s national day

National Day in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is celebrated every 23 of June and is also known as the “Official Birthday of the Grand Duke”. However, the date does not actually correspond to the birthday of any present or past Grand Duke or Duchess of Luxembourg. In fact, the tradition started on January 23, which is the birthday of the Grand Duchess Charlotte who ruled the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from 1919 to 1964. In 1947, her birthday started to be celebrated on June 23 instead of the real date. This way, from a climatic standpoint, people have enjoyed the festivities in a more favorable season.

It was all about the weather! Luxembourgers are pragmatic people. After Grand Duchess Charlotte, the day was maintained and started to be referred as the National Day. However, for many Luxembourgers, it is still considered as the celebration of the birthday of a monarch. It is an occasion to remember Luxembourg’s unique history, its openness to the world as well as its multi-cultural character, and to celebrate its independence.