- Folklore and Tradition
Belgian carnivals are sometimes called Laetare: a fitting name as it means to rejoice in Latin. Why not fill up your heart with joy in Tilff? There will be over 1,000 participants in fancy dress, 8 giant puppets, countless floats and 10 marching bands.
This is a carnival like no other... Created in 1952 by the folkloric group le Porais Tilffois, the procession looks like a nomad vegetable patch. Dressed up at leeks (poireaux in French, porês or porais in the local dialect), the participants dance to the harmonious sound of the Jardiniers Mélomanes (or music-loving gardeners) around a giant puppet called Djôsèf li r'piqueû (Joseph, the replanter) and other traditional characters.
Indulge in a bowl of leek soup, made especially for the carnival. Thousands of litres are served that day!
The festivities conclude with a large bonfire on which the Macrâle hiver (winter witch) is burnt.
Event planned for the month of March 2021Dates and programme may be subject to change.