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The Madeleine folkloric march in Jumet

  • Folklore and Tradition
Event planned for the month of July 2020
Dates and programme may be subject to change.

The Tour de la Madeleine de Jumet is a religious procession, declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. The march takes place every year on the Sunday the closest to July 22nd (the day on which Saint Marie-Madeleine is celebrated).

The march

2,000 hikers and pilgrims as well as 150 riders, 50 bands and drum players leave the Heigne chapel in Jumet for a 22-km walk through the local communes. The most important moment of the procession is the tère al Danse.

The story of Saint Marie Madeleine

The legend says that plague devastated the region back in 1380, touching even the lady of the Heigne castle. The hamlet organised a procession, praying God to heal her. As they were walking through a field in Thimeon, a rider arrived, announcing her disease had suddenly vanished. The pilgrims danced in joy, in a  meadow now called Tère al Danse.

Origins of the marches

Religious in the start, then influenced by the Napoleonic era, the processions evolved through the 20th century to the actual format. More information about the many marches taking place in the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region can be found here.

Schedule

Event planned for the month of July 2020
Dates and programme may be subject to change.
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.