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National Holidays in Luxembourg in 2022

March 20th: March Equinox. There are two equinoxes every year, in March and September, when the Sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of night and day are nearly equal. May 9th: Europe Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. May 26th : Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.Ascension Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. June 6th: Whit Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. June21st: The June solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. June23rd: National Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. August 15th: Assumption of Mary is a public holiday. The Christian feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Sep 22nd: September Equinox, Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the autumnal equinox  in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered the first day of fall. Nov 1st: All Saints' Day is a public holiday. All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day. December 26th: St Stephen's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. officeholidays.com/countries/luxembourg/2022 

Life & Style

An interview with Andrea and Luca: Founders' Bivius, Hotel and Restaurant

Luxembourg Expats Network is the go-to network for expats and locals in Luxembourg for socializing, and finding everything for your life in Luxembourg. We particularly partner with local businesses in bringing great deals to the community and highlight the entrepreneurial stories of our community in our Featured Story Series (FSS). Today, we are speaking to Andrea and Luca, two Italian brothers who have founded Bivius (www.bivius.lu) Hotel and Restaurant in Luxembourg. Without further ado, let’s dig right in: As its customary, let’s start with who you are and your Luxembourg story: We are two italian brothers, Andrea and Luca We grew up in Luxembourg. Andrea always lived here, whilst Luca has been working across different continents for over 10 years since he was 20. The opportunity for us, 2 brothers, to work together reunited them again in Luxembourg. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with Bivius? We started in 2016 by taking over the management of the former “Dany Hotel”. Over the years we have been developing our services with a major focus on quality, loyal to the values we were acquainted to throughout our various experiences in luxury hotels. Yet we kept the concept, peace and ambience rather casual and more accessible. What services does Bivius offer? Who are your target? Bivius is mainly divided in 2 parts: Hotel and Restaurant. Recently we developed our wine-shop, as we offer wine that we import directly. The online version of the shop is about to get launched soon. What are you most proud of in developing Bivius? Whilst the building is not owned and thus we are limited in certain areas, we have given the establishment an international posture, and since our beginnings we have embraced a process of continuous improvement throughout all areas of the company. Shifting gears, what are your hobbies and interests? Hobbies may vary, interests are multiple, continuously developing our knowledge is the driver. Well put. What's your favourite spot in Luxembourg? The heart of the City Center and Mullerthal. What's your favorite quote? It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. – Seneca Brilliant line, applicable for all entrepreneurs. Anything else interesting we should've asked? Curious? Visit bivius.lu …  oh yes, we do also host some small corporate and private events… What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? Luxembourg has its very own specificities, it’s cosmopolitan but not an international city… the House of Entrepreneurship can also be of great help! It’s great to connect with you Andrea and Luca. As rightly said, starting on your own can be daunting but when done, it's one of the most satisfying endeavours of our life. It’s always inspiring to learn such successful stories with Bivius. Thank you for sharing your story with us Andrea and Luca. Cheers to more success! www.Bivius.lu luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/eatouts-and-cafe/1100001014

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A talk with Davide Cavanna, a certified translator and conference interpreter in Luxembourg

Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2022 from the Luxembourg Expats team. In our Featured Story Series (FSS), we highlight the personal and professional lives of expats in Luxembourg. We have a particular fondness for entrepreneurs, and today we would like to introduce you to one, Davide Cavanna, a certified translator and interpreter. It's no secret that Luxembourg is a highly multilingual society. A typical Luxembourg resident speaks at least 3 languages including English. Given that many EU institutions are here, the Grand Duchy has a large number of translators working for the EU and other organisations, but there are also translators and interpreters like Davide who are freelancers based in the country. Let’s get to it and learn more about his journey. Hi Davide, welcome to FSS LuxExpats. You are our New Year’s first interview. Let’s get started. How would you introduce yourself? My name is Davide Cavanna, I hail from Italy. I am a self-employed freelance certified translator and interpreter not only in Luxembourg, but also over the border in Germany, France and Belgium. We love to learn about everyone’s Luxembourg story, what’s yours? What brought you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? I came to Luxembourg in 2013 to work as an in-house translator for Amazon. Later I switched to a German fund management company, before going solo in 2016. I lived in various nooks of the capital city and then in 2021 I settled in Bonnevoie, the same area where I lived when I first arrived in the country. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with your career as translator and interpreter? I started translating in 2008 and I never really stopped. First as an employee and since 2016 as a freelancer. What services do you offer? Who is your target? The main services I offer are conference and business interpreting, certified (sworn) translations, financial and legal translations as well as proofreading. I do one-off as well as retainer work. My clients are a complete hotchpotch with companies of all kinds, from financial and legal professionals to other sectors, as well as private individuals who need their papers or qualifications translated for the authorities. I have five working languages: my native Italian, French, German, English and Spanish. Currently I am working to improve my Portuguese and Catalan. Mastering languages is great fun! What does Luxembourg Expats Network mean to you? It's a great opportunity to get in touch with other expats, explore common interests and potentially develop business collaborations. What are your hobbies and interests? I have a weak spot for (beach) volley, the court in Cessange Park is a great place to practice in the warmer months. I enjoy reading in any of my working languages, some swimming and I'm a budding film buff, that's why I enjoy the Cinémathèque so much! What's your favourite spot in Luxembourg? I would say the lake of Esch-sur-Sure and its many beaches, a full immersion in nature. What's your favourite quote? One of my favourite quotes is from a Ray Bradbury book. It may sound pretentious, but I like its empowering idea: "Evil has only the power that we give it. I give nothing. I take back".  What do you think? LuxExpats: It's absolutely an amazing quote and it's true. If we do not give evil the power, it has no control over us. True in every situation. Anything else interesting we should've asked? At the moment I am studying law to improve the quality of my translation and proofreading. Keeping those 'little grey cells' busy is like the proverbial apple a day. As an example: some of my teachers at interpreting school are getting on a bit, which goes to show that when you love what you do and keep on learning, age is really but a number. Curiosity killed the cat, the saying goes, but I would argue that that very same curiosity keeps it alive and kicking. LuxExpats: life-long learning is indeed the only way to go about it. What would you say would be your recommendation to people who want to start their business today? At first it might seem a daunting enterprise not to be an employee on a regular income, but if you like what you do and keep on learning, you'll do great things for sure. Take on tiny projects when you have time, get a reputation and those projects may pay back manyfold with larger and much more profitables ones. LuxExpats: This has been an amazing talk with you, Davide, thank you for taking the time. I hope everyone enjoyed and some of you got even inspired to take the next entrepreneurial step in your life. If you like to reach Davide, here is where you can do just that: luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/others/1100001064

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Partage.lu Christmas Campaign

We at Partage.lu have recently started our annual Christmas campaign offering you the chance to make a difference. At Partage.lu we work with capacity building and helping the most vulnerable in Africa, South America and India. We all know that heroes need help sometimes, and this season we are one of them. With each donation given in your name or someone else, you will receive a giftcard which you can plant in a flowerpot or your garden. Come spring time and you will see flowers sprouting as a reminder of your help securing better conditions for the vulnerable during this holiday season. Your support can be contributed to one of the following initatives: 100€  To support the construction of wells and fountains in Kenya (Mention: Don wells Kenya) 50€ Contribution to the health campaign in Cameroon (Mention: Cameroon health campaign) 50€  To support the indigenous people of Brazil (Mention: Donation indigenous Brazil) 125€ Contribution to a 6 month lunch mealplan for the youth in Guatemala (Mention: Don Guatemala) 75€ Contribution to allocating seeds for the families in Congo (Mention: Donation Semences Congo) ...€  Contribute to either or all initiative with your own amount of donation The how to: Choose a solidarity gift  from the list above Transfer  the amount of the selected solidarity gift to the Fondation Partage Luxembourg account: CCPL IBAN LU74 1111 1261 0097 0000.  Do not forget to write which cause you wish to donate the solidarity gift gift to on the transfer. We will send you a “donation card” by mail. On this "donation card", you can insert the name of the person who will receive your solidarity gift and place it under the Christmas tree. The “donation card” is made up of seeded paper, that is, two thin layers of paper between which there are seeds. This "donation card" is made to be planted. If you make your transfer before December 17th, we guarantee that you will receive the "donation card" before Christmas. You will automatically receive a donation certificate (approximately 5 to 6 weeks after receipt of the donation). Your donation is tax deductible . For more information, feel free to browse our website and to reach out on socials. Quick access to website: bit.ly/3r91z2Y 

Education

5 Tips on What It Means To Study in Luxembourg

Luxembourg may be a small country on the map but its world is as vast as it could get. Over here, you are blessed with an environment culturally beautiful and distinct, a lifestyle utterly urbane, and bountiful of natural giveaways. Due to it being sandwiched between Belgium, France, and Germany, it has gleaned a lot from their cultures and has intermingled the takeaways with its own to offer a blend so exquisite in its own way. No wonder it is a postcard-perfect country for anyone who visits it. That being said, I wonder whether you knew that Luxembourg has an excellent Higher Education System. It is highly diverse and attracts students from all over the world. Most Luxembourgish universities are highly coveted in the region and have associations with the world’s best. So, if you want to experience something rich, beautiful, and intellectual, then Luxembourg makes up for a good choice. But, I cannot let you decide without giving you more inputs on what awaits you. Luxembourg may be a welcoming country but it has its own system you must take note of. I have noted down a few of those things you should know about studying in Luxembourg. 1.Highly subsidized education Exorbitant tuition fees are a common feature in European universities. However, Luxembourg offers huge relief to its students through a highly systematic subsidized higher education system. A typical tuition fee falls between €200 to €400 per semester. Moreover, there is a gradual reduction in the tuition fee with every semester. There is, however, discretion granted to universities to determine their respective fee structure for students coming from outside the European Union, but this is to be expected as those from European Union are extended concessionary treatment. 2. Top Universities in Luxembourg There are a number of universities you can consider attending. The country’s most prestigious universities are, however, the University of Luxembourg, Sacred Heart University, and Lunex University. Other universities of great repute include the BBI Luxembourg, Cass Institute, United Business Institute, and Luxembourg School of Business. All of these universities are internationally recognized and have been designated as world-class centers of education. This is evident from the fact that it is part of Bologna’s Process that is in itself a stamp of excellence on institutions. 3.The language will most likely not be a problem Another woe of international students is the language. Fortunately, you will not find many problems in Luxembourg. Over here, there are 3 official languages namely, German, French, and Luxembourgish. All of these languages are very commonly used in local life. However, lately, many universities have revised their coursework and begun administering it in English. This change has drawn significant attention from students across the globe and has contributed to the rise in the number of applications every year. 4.Scholarship opportunities No matter how much subsidized the tuition fees are, Luxembourg is not necessarily an inexpensive country. You may want to cut down on your expenses through several means, and scholarships are of course popularly opted for. While there are universities that offer their own scholarship schemes to applicants, there is a handful offered by the government. Of course, the coverage will vary from one scheme to another, so you will need to do research. A few scholarships offered are John Monash Scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, and Education Future International Scholarship. 5.The overall cost of living Keeping aside the tuition fee, there is quite a sum you will shell out every month on the necessities. Monthly rent for a single room apartment can cost you up to €1200. However, many universities provide for their respective accommodation facilities and rent them out to students. These accommodation facilities are less expensive and can cost up to €600. Public transport is free for everyone and is highly accessible so you can cross the transportation costs except when you are traveling first-class. Healthcare costs may add up but it is advised that you come along with health insurance to minimize the financial burden. Also, prefer eating indoors. Cook your meals and save tons of money because eating out is generally not inexpensive in the country.

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