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  • Folklore and Tradition

‘Les Fetes de Wallonie’ (Wallonia's festival) celebrate Belgian independence, patriotism and Walloon identity, commemorating the famous revolutionary days of September 1830 when the country was officially formed.

Although marked across southern Belgium, the biggest celebrations are in Wallonia’s capital city, Namur, where as many as 250,000 people descend for the festivities every year.

A joyful spirit

Highlights include a heartwarming mass said in Walloon on the Monday morning as well as traditional dances by the Frairie des Masuis et Cotelis Jambois, famous throughout Belgium

The ‘Combat de l’Echasse d’Or’, or the Fight for the Golden Stilt, which takes place on Place St. Aubain on the Sunday afternoon, is much looked forward. During this ancient and near-sacred bout, two groups of stilt-wearing contestants stand in opposing lines, then move into battle to the sound of drums. The aim is to make their direct opponent fall using only their elbows or stilts, with the last man standing hailed the champion. Needless to say, strong beer follows!

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 : Recreational/tourist travel to and from Belgium is prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 April 2021. In accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
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.

Event planned for the month of September 2021 (1)


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

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