Published on March 20, 2014
We are happy to present some of our local festivals ! The Belgian Team
The first one is celebrated each year on the 6th December… …especially by Children! Do you know who is that very respectable-looking gentleman?
It’s Saint Nicolas!
Our Saint Nicolas was originally the bishop of Myra in the 4th century AD. It is said that he performed miracles, inlcuding famously bringing back to life 3 children who had been cut in pieces and preserved in salt by a nasty butcher… Can you believe it!
So if you’ve been good this year… Saint Nicolas will be good to you!
And to make sure that he comes… Let’s sing the song! Oh grand Saint-Nicolas Patron des Ecoliers Apporte-moi des pommes Dans mes petits souliers Je serai toujours sage Comme un petit mouton J’apprendrai mes leçons Pour avoir des bonbons Venez venez Saint-Nicolas Venez venez Saint-Nicolas Venez venez Saint-Nicolas et tra la la…
Now this second festival is typical of our city of Liège… On the 15th August we celebrate the assomption of the Virgin Mary in our traditional district of Outremeuse, which becomes a Free Republic during 3 days!
These are the most crazy days of they year! Celebrations include: -Procession of the Statue of a Black Virgin Mary - Mass celebrated outdoor - Concerts - Parade of Giant figures of our first Prince-Bishop Notger, Emperor Charlemagne and our typical Puppets Tchantchès and Nanesse!
And of course we never forget to drink our traditional spirit, Peket, natural our flavoured…
Close to Liège we also have many carnivals, including the one in the city of Stavelot, which is quite spectacular!
This character dressed in white with a long red nose is a Blanc Moussi! On the day of the Carnival (3rd Sunday before Easter, this year 30th March), the Blanc moussis parade all around town playing jokes to people, throwing confetti or water balloons! They are funny mischievous characters!
This tradition goes back to the Middle Ages, when the city was ruled by the Abbot of Stavelot. The abbot got very angry because monks were taking part in the Carnival while they were supposed to spend their life in prayers! So he forbade the monks to go, but to commemorate this the people of Stavelot started to dress like monks, and added the funny nose to show that monks really had a great time at the Carnival…
We hope you enjoyed our presentation!
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