• Folklore and Tradition

Come and join the 400  year old tradition! A wonderful opportunity to discover Ellezelles, a place of witchcraft, folklore and tradition. 

A tradition dedicated to witches

For over 40 years, "Lès Chorchîles" have made our community famous well over the borders of our forests and have been voted "Traditional village".

The Sabbath Committee has made this a lasting tradition by infusing the event with renewed energy.A demon will be descending on the "le Mareû" and will gleefully preside a sound and light show with evil creatures, both folklore and historical, in a surge of pyrotechnic effects.

Set up in 1972, this folkloric event aims to commemorate the existence of witches in Ellezelles and their execution in 1610.

The program

The public is invited to join the Ellezelles square at 6 pm  to welcome the famous witches, devils and werewolf.

A series of entirely free performances will pace the event. At 9:15 pm, the witches will invite spectators to join them in the "mareu", where they will perform their Sabbath in front of the Devil in person.

After the parade, around 10:15 pm, a strange spectacle of light and sound will commence, interrupted by the local guards. Several witches will be arrested... but what a mystery! What will become of them?

The event takes place each year on the last Saturday of June.

Will you dare joining this journey through time and travel back to witches' times?

COVID-19 : Please note PCR tests and quarantines remain a strict requirement when travelling to Belgium. 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
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Event planned for the month of June 2021 (1)


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

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