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The Macralles Sabbath in Vielsalm

  • Discover the folklore of the Macralles from Val de Salm to Vielsalm
  • Folklore and Tradition
Event planned for the month of July 2020
Dates and programme may be subject to change.

This is one of the most authentic folkloric events in the Ardennes. The "Macralles" are witches and spellcasters. The event takes place in Vielsam every year on July 20th.

"They have noses like nutcrackers, ferocious glares, toothless mouths, wicked bottom lips and their hair is wild and filthy"... it is said. Fascinating characters indeed!
 

The program

At around 10.30pm, the crowd gathers at "Tienne Messe" then follows the steep trails leading to the torch-carrying witches await.
 
Behind them is a clearing, in the middle of which simmers a huge cauldron. The witches then recount with glee how they managed to enrage the local people throughout the past year.

Follow fireworks, music and dancing till late in the night...
 

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.