• Folklore and Tradition

Come 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.

The history of Thuin Saint-Roch march

  • Part of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse marches, this military procession pays tribute to Saint-Roch, patron saint of pilgrims, brotherhoods and corporations.
  • First started when an epidemy of cholera devastated Thuin in 1866, this military now fascinates visitors.
  • 2,000 join the procession, most of them in costumes inspired by the Napoleonic times.

The march

  • Saturday evening: gathering on the ramparts in the Ville Haute, the lighting of the campes (rosaries of large firecrackers), torch-lit procession
  • Sunday morning: blessing at the Chapel, taking down of the relics of Saint Roh, stop at the memorial to remember those who have died in the war
  • Sunday afternoon, at 1.30 pm: start of the procession at the "Chant des Oiseaux" location
  • Monday morning: mass, procession towards the maladrie
COVID : We do our best to keep you informed. It's best, however, to check the latest news with the attraction you are visiting, or operator you have booked an activity with. The Covid Safe Certificate is mandatory, as is wearing masks for anyone over the age of 6. Planning to go for a walk in the Haute Fagnes, enjoy the magic of Christmas, maybe find a place for a well deserved break? Read our travel advice.
This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.

Event planned for the month of May 2023 (1)


(1) Dates and programme may be subject to change.

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