Travelers can buy beautiful jewelry as a souvenir in Bruges. It is believed that the local jewelers cut diamonds according to special rules and use the same method of processing gemstones as their ancestors many centuries ago. The local inhabitants are very friendly to tourists who are just captivated by the kindness and hospitality of the city’s people.
An important religious holiday called Day of the Holy Blood is celebrated annually in Bruges. The celebration does not have the exact date and depends on what day Easter is celebrated this year. It is believed that local residents started celebrating the Feast of the Holy Blood in 1149 when the Flemish Count brought a valuable relic to the city - a vessel with the blood of Jesus Christ. The count won this valuable relic in a crusade. When residents found out about this relic, they turned to the count with a request to bow to the religious shrine. Gradually, the rumors about the precious vessel spread throughout the country and further, attracting pilgrims from different countries to Bruges. Currently over one hundred thousands of pilgrims come to the city on this memorable day. A massive procession is held in the city, the participants of which are dressed in ancient costumes of the clergy and knights.
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