• 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 Tuin's 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
You may have heard Belgium has recently faced torrential rain, causing dramatic floods. Many regions have been touched by this natural catastrophe. We are doing our best to help all travellers coming to Wallonia. Some sites are, as you can understand, not accessible for the time being. Please contact them or check their website/social media platforms before getting on the road. Be assured we are all trying to get things back to order as soon as possible. Travel advice
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Event planned for the month of May 2022 (1)


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

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