It seems as if the Luxembourgish traditions take a break during July, and Luxembourgish citizens are also beginning to relax as the warm temperatures arrive! Here are 3 Patron Saints that have their name days in July.
A name day is a tradition in some countries in Europe and Latin America. It stems from the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries. The celebration is similar to a birthday.
The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints. They would celebrate that saint’s feast day, or in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the day of a saint’s death.
1 July: “Den hellegen Theobald”
Theobald was born in the Champagne region of France in 1033 as a son of a Count. He left France and came with his friend, Gauthier, to Luxembourg where they both lived in Pëtten, near Mersch, as hermits. When people discovered who they were they continued their journey to Spain, to Santiago de Compostela, and further on to Rome. Theobold is considered the patron saint of the shoemakers. To spot a statue of Theobold in Luxembourg head to the chapel called “Eenelter Kapell” in Rëcken near Mersch.
20 July: “Margréidendag”
Margréid is the Luxembourgish version of the name Marguerite. She is considered the weather patron saint and the legend in Luxembourg says “Wann et op Margréidendag reent da ginn d’Nëss falsch” meaning; “If it is raining on Madelein’s day, the nuts will be wrong”.
In Luxembourg there are two types of daisies called Margréidercher:
22 July: “D’Muedeléin”
Muedeléin is the Luxembourgish version of the name Madeleine. She is, among others, the patron saint of women, gardeners, hairdressers, perfume makers and glove makers. In Luxembourg there is even a town named after her, “Lamadelaine” (Rolleng in Luxembourgish) and you can find a statue of her above the entrance of the church of Lamadelaine.
See “De Sproochmates II vum Alain Atten” for more about Luxembourg's Saints