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Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

Folkloric Marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse

Folkloric Marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse
© WBT - Alex Kouprianoff

From May to September 2014, discover the Folkloric Marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, 15 Walloon folkloric treasures recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. 

Each folkloric march in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse has its own traditions, customs and characteristics.

The event generally takes place over 3 days, each marked by lots of highlights.

The Saturday is often dedicated to reunions. The Sunday morning, a more grandiose day, drums awake the village in the early hours. You can also observe Mass in honour of the patron saint, the presenting of medals, "batallion square"... Some comities also sometimes organise a lantern procession as night falls.

Religious origins

These marches originate from the processions in the Middle Ages. The inhabitants would honour a saint, who had miraculously saved villagers, their land and their beasts of an illness or a misfortune. Often, the date of the march is on the day in which the saint is honoured. The purpose of the armed escort was to enhance its splendour and perhaps protect the relics and pilgrims.

Uniform traditions

The wearing of uniforms is marked by the first and second empires. Some uniforms are linked to the Napoleonic period (1800 - 1815). Others are the traditional costumes of diverse origins (Belgian and Dutch armies, civic guard, police...).

Each are the fruits of a long evolution and of diverse historical events that took place in the region in question.

Download the brochure " Les Marches mode d'emploi " (in French) and explore this folklore rich in colour, where festivities and traditions blend wonderfully.


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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.