Every year Wallonia commemorates the three great conflicts that were fought on its soil:
Napoleon’s final defeat by the British and Prussian forces at Waterloo in 1815; the gruelling trench warfare on the Western Front in World War 1, and the desperate German counter-attack in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944/45 that hastened the end of World War 2 in Europe.
Commemorative walks, exhibitions and re-enactments ensure that these events will never be forgotten.
In April, the contribution of the Australian and New Zealand troops in WW1 is celebrated on Anzac Day in Plugstreet.
Two days before Waterloo, Napoleon won his final battle at Ligny, and the townsfolk turn the clock back every June to re-enact the battle and the atmosphere of the period. This is followed by a major annual commemoration on the Waterloo battlefield site, where there are stunning presentations of that momentous day.
Mons puts on three annual events reflecting its pivotal role in both World Wars. The first British engagement of WW1 took place there in 1914, and the heroism of the outnumbered expeditionary force is honoured every August. The following month, a cavalcade of military vehicles from WW2 rumbles through the town centre in the spectacular Tanks in Town parade, and the liberation of Mons in September 1945 is the theme of further celebrations every November.
Finally the Ardennes town of Bastogne pays tribute to the American commander who said “Nuts” to the Germans when they suggested his force should surrender. The Nuts in Bastogne ceremony is held every December at the town hall.
- © Joseph TordoirNovember 2020JodoigneFolklore and Tradition
The Chouans' march between Incourt and JodoigneCostumed interpreters and draft horses will retrace a famous 18th march in Jodoigne - everyone is welcome to join.
- © PBWMarch 2021GenappeDemonstration
Napoleon sweets hunt at Napoleon's last headquarters (Genappe)Join this original egg hunt at Napoleon's last headquarters: instead of chocolate eggs, you will be looking for the famous Napoleon sweets. Children aged 2 to 10 are invited to join and have fun in the orchard. Family-friendly, festive atmosphere guaranteed.
- © GAL Entre-Sambre-et-MeuseThe first Sunday of MayTarcienneDemonstration
The Saint-Fiacre folkloric march in TarcienneThe traditional procession in honour of Saint Fiacre opens the folkloric marches season in the Entre Sambre et Meuse region. The event takes place every year on the first Sunday of May.
- © WBT - Alex KouprianoffMay 2021ChâteletFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Roch folkloric march in ChâteletThe Saint-Roch folkloric march started with the pilgrimage taking the image of Notre-Dame de Rome to the monastery of Soleilmont in the 17th century. In 1961, the tradition found a new beginning. Today, 800, wearing costumes inspired by the first Napoleonic empire, divided into 9 companies.
- © WBT - Alex KouprianoffMay 2021ThuinFolklore and Tradition
Thuin's Saint-Roch folkloric marchCome and see the Saint Roch festivities in Thuin, with its folkloric march bringing the ramparts to life. This procession has been declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
- © PixabayMay 2021BastogneFestival
Bastogne International caricature and press illustrations festival60 comic book artists, press illustrators and caricaturists will delight th
- © WBT - Alex KouprianoffMay 2021LignyShow
Les Napoléoniennes | Commemorations and historical re-enactments in LignyTravel back in time, all the way back to Napoleonic times, and discover the reconstitution of the Emperor's final victory, 2 days before Waterloo: the battle of Ligny.
- © Fête de la trinité de Walcourt30 May 2021WalcourtFolklore and Tradition
The folkloric Trinity procession in WalcourtThe Sunday following the trinity, Walcourt invites you to join a folkloric procession, a tribute to Notre-Dame.
- © WBT - Alex KouprianoffJune 2021GerpinnesFolklore and Tradition
The Sainte-Rolende folkloric procession in GerpinnesGerpinnes invites you to join its folkloric procession, a tribute to Sainte-Rolende. This tradition has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO
- © WBT - J.P. RemyJune 2021Marche-en-famenneVisit
European March of Memory and Friendship (MESA)Both military personnel and civilians can take part in the popular annual MESA / EMMF march in the beautiful Belgian Ardennes in June 2018.
- © armfesm.beJune 2021LaneffeFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Eloi folkloric March in LaneffeEvery year, the village of Laneffe in Wallonia comes alive for the Saint-Eloi festivities.
- © WBT/Alex KouprianoffJuly 2021MorialméFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Pierre folkloric procession in MorialméThe Saint-Pierre de Morialmé procession, the first Sunday following June 29, celebrates Walloon folklore.
- © Domy DJuly 2021BiesmeréeFolklore and Tradition
The Saint Pierre de Biesmerée folkloric processionThe Saint-Pierre de Biesmerée procession, which takes place on the first Sunday of July, is a wonderful example of Walloon folklore.
- © Commune de FlorennesJuly 2021FlorennesFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Pierre et Paul folkloric march in FlorennesThe Saint-Pierre et Paul folkloric march has been declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. The next event will take place in Florennes on July 1st.
- © Domy DJuly 2021Thy-le-châteauFolklore and Tradition
The Saints Pierre-et-Paul march in Thy-le-ChâteauThe Saints Pierre-et-Paul march in Thy-le-Château is a celebration of the Walloon folklore in the region of Namur.
- © PixabayJuly 2021JumetFolklore and Tradition
The Madeleine folkloric march in JumetThe 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).
- © LoetleenJuly 2021HanzinelleFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Christopher folkloric marchThis folkloric march, in the Entre-Sambre et Meuse, pays tribute to Saint Christopher. Come and watch this procession in Hanzinelle.
- © Fachdozent15 August 2021CerfontaineFolklore and Tradition
Cerfontaine's Saint-Lambert folkloric marchJoin the Saint Lambert folkloric procession in Cerfontaine on August 15th.
- © WBT - Fr.-Mazy15 August 2021AnsDemonstration
15th of August commemorations | The national necropolis of the fort of LoncinJoin the historical commemorations at the fort of Loncin, built in Liege's fortified belt. the celebrations stretch over 5 days.
- © WBT - Alex KouprianoffAugust 2021AcozFolklore and Tradition
The St-Roch and St-Frégo march | HainautThis traditional march has been taking place since 1884. The monks of the Lobbes abbey originally worshipped Saint Frego. A cholera epidemy saw the local population turn to Saint Roch instead in 1866. Both remain closely linked in the region.
- © Bruno D'AlimonteAugust 2021Ham-sur-heure-nalinnesFolklore and Tradition
Saint-Roch procession (Ham-sur-Heure)This traditional procession takes place in and around the village of Ham-sur-Heure. The march, listed as Intangible Heritage by UNESCO, happens the Sunday following August 15.
- © A. HDFAugust 2021GhlinDemonstration
Tanks In Mons: annual WWII celebrations in MonsThe only commemoration of its kind in the world, celebrating the liberation of the city of Mons with a parade of WWII vehicles.
- © Bernard CarbonneauxSeptember 2021MariembourgDemonstration
Mariembourg's steam train festivalGet up close to vintage steam locomotives and train carriages at this amazing festival. The event will take place in Mariembourg in September 2019.
- © Greg Montani / PixabayOctober 2021CineyTrade fair
Militaria | Ciney's military fairThe biggest international fair featuring military objects in Europe welcomes more than 550 stalls from all over Europe. The event takes place in Ciney in April, in July and in October.
- © Pierre WiameSeptember 2026Fosses-la-villeFolklore and Tradition
The Saint-Feuillen folkloric march, taking place every 7 years in Fosses-la-VilleOrganised every 7 years, this march, declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO is an absolute must see.