- Folklore and Tradition
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.
2018 will be the 62nd edition.
"They have noses like nutcrackers, ferocious glares, toothless mouths, wicked bottom lips and their hair is wild and filthy".
During the annual Sabbath at around 10.30pm at "Tienne Messe" the crowd will follow the steep trails until they meet the torch-carrying witches at a clearing.
In the middle of the clearing a huge cauldron is simmering around which the witches recount with glee in local dialect how they managed to enraged the local people throughout the year.
The Sabbath is an event full of magic, laughter and horror. The fetching of the keys at around 9 pm at the Communal Park.
The Sabbath takes place at "Le Tienne Messe" (near the centre of Vielsalm) around 10.30pm. Fireworks will be launched from there, followed by music and dancing till late.
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