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Fun and festivities in Belgium - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Mechelen: Sint-Pieters-en-Pauluskerk Belgians are unique people. By their number of different holidays and festivals, Belgium firmly holds the lead among European countries. Every year, about 2000 of various festivals, holidays and processions are celebrated and organized here. In Belgium, residents are very careful about their own culture and history. As a result, it is customary in the country to celebrate many festivals with historical roots. That is why Belgian holidays are full of different traditions and customs. But besides this one, as well as the holidays considered official, in Belgium, they also celebrate purely national holidays and dates. Belgian holidays are characterized by mass open festivities, noisy carnivals, processions with songs and dances along the canals.
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Christmas night in Belgium is special. When nature fades away, the things which are peculiar signs of the rebirth of life begin to have special meaning. In this regard, it is customary to bring into the house evergreens or representatives of the flora, which come to life in winter. On Christmas, they like to tell legends. In order to scare them away, people fumigate their houses with juniper smoke as well as pass in processions with burning torches or candles all the way around the house. The Belgians also blow a special horn. On the next day of the holiday, it is customary to attend theaters and concerts and to spend the evening in a restaurant with relatives and friends. A lot of tourists come to Belgium to witness the February carnival in the city of Binche. On the first day, costume marches are held in massive numbers to the city. The next day, round dances are seen in the town square, and fireworks are displayed. The third day is usually the most interesting. Celebrants wearing national clothes and wax masks walk through the city streets and throw oranges at passersby. According to the beliefs of the Belgians, if a person catches this fruit, he will be lucky.
In April, the Belgians hold carnivals in La Louviere and Stavelot. The festival of folklore is also celebrated in this month in Leuven. On the night of April 30th to May 1st, on the eve of celebrating the holiday of spring and labor, the Belgians during the witch dance burn the effigy of winter. On May 13th in the city of Ypres, there is a parade of cats. It was first held in the year 1955 and has been held annually ever since. In the Middle Ages, cats were considered to be a symbol of evil. The killing of cats was at the time believed to redeem the people from their sins, so the unfortunate cats were thrown down from the central city tower. But today instead of real animals, stuffed animals are flying down in their place. All participants in the action are dressed in costumes and emblems of these cute animals. May 19th starts the celebration of the holiday Doudou. It is celebrated into the whole of the next week. The Belgians celebrate Doudou in honor of the victory over the plague. The tradition of this holiday goes deep into the 14th century, when, after a religious procession in the city of Mons, the disease receded. Solemn events begin with a procession through the streets of the city, with participants dressed in costumes of the medieval era. Doudou ends with the staged battle of St. George and the dragon. Many centuries ago, the dragon broke into the city streets, but he was defeated by St. George. Since then, each year a procession led by the chariot of the saint makes a circle around Mons, after which the staged battle of the dragon with St. George takes place. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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At the beginning of summer, the Belgians celebrate Father’s Day, which has become the equivalent of Mother’s Day. The main motive of the holiday was the desire to emphasize the role of the father in the family and also in raising the offspring. On June 23rd and 24th, a historical reenactment of the last battle of Emperor Napoleon against the allied army takes place in Waterloo. Participants are dressed in costumes of the early 19th century. Everywhere here you will see a lot of historical props, weapons, and items of a bygone era. During the reenactment, visitors will be able to learn interesting information about weapons, life in bivouacs, watch the preparation of food on fire using old recipes, and shoot at targets. On July 21st, a military parade is held on the main square of the capital in honor of Independence Day. After its completion, folk festivals begin, where artists of various arts perform. The holiday is brought to an end with large fireworks. In mid-August, the Flower Carpet Festival is held in Brussels. As part of this holiday, volunteers prepare a carpet of fresh flowers on the Grand Place Square. The finished live web extends 75 meters in length and 24 meters in width. Amongst the fragrance of flowers on the square, a musical concert is held.
In mid-October, an international film festival is held in Ghent. Its inaugural history dates back to the year 1974. This festival usually lasts 11 days. The cinema and music interaction has become the primary specialization of the festival. Since 2001, composers who have written soundtracks for films are conferred awards during the festival. November 15th is when the Belgians celebrate the Feast of the Dynasty. Established by the second monarch of Belgium, Leopold II, this day is celebrated in honor of St. Albert, who is considered the heavenly defender of the royal family. The day of the royal dynasty became a symbol of the unity of the Belgians. During this holiday, numerous discussions about the role of the monarchy in the modern life of the country are held throughout the country.
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Uniques spots of Belgium

Water Tower Conversion

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
In Belgium there are quite unusual houses. One of the most famous among them is the design studio BHAM. The gifted modern designers have converted the old water tower, whose height is 30 meters, into a comfortable house. The diameter of the unusual house is also quite impressive and is 20 meters, and the general area of ​​the six-storey house forms 400 sqm

The water tower, built in 1938 in the town of Stinokkerzil, was expediently used until the end of the 20th century. In the course of this time, the tower became a distinctive architectural landmark, which is why the tower was deserted, the talented architects decided to give the second life to the tower. In 2007 the large tower reconstruction began, which lasted more than three years.

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Chateau de Belœil

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The Belœil Castle has been one of the most visited castles in Belgium for several years. The first mention of the castle dates back to the 13th century. At the end of the 14th century the castle became the property of the Princes of Ligne and was of great strategic importance until the 17th century. Later, the dark castle under the direction of owner was converted into the chic residence and was used as a venue for balls and official events. The nearby France has influenced the exterior of the building. Today, the building is surrounded by the wonderfully beautiful French garden, whose area is 120 hectares.

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The covid-19 pandemic has made outdoor traveling and visiting less crowded places more popular than ever. If you want to admire scenic beauty and see interesting sights, Norway might be one of the best places to visit. While a long stay in this country may be pricey for many tourists, a short getaway can be a pleasant and exciting experience that you will remember for years to come. Read this

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Belgium

Brussels
Mini Europe tourist complex offers a complete and exciting holiday rest. On the territory of the complex are located a water park, medicinal thermal springs, as well as several well-equipped bungalows. All visitors are free to stay in them. May is the month when numerous music lovers arrive in Brussels. The last weekend of May is the time of the annual festival of jazz. Besides traditional sightseeing and shopping Brussels is able to provide each tourist with a possibility to relax on the … Read more
Brugge
During your walk in the shops make sure you don’t forget to buy traditional souvenirs - fine lace and chocolate. Steenstraat, Mariastraat and Simon Stevinplein are best places for shopping. Here visitors will find widest choice of boutiques and shopping pavilions. "Rococo" is considered the best lace store of the city, so no female will be able to leave this place without buying a memorable gift. «The Chocolate Line» is the best place to go if your aim is best chocolate. At a glance it may … Read more
Antwerpen
Oostende
Guests of the marvelous city of Oostende will discover beautiful beaches located on the territory of the city. There are five beach areas in total. The most visited and buzzing beach is located close to the railway station. It will be a perfect destination for both active leisure enthusiasts and serene relaxation fans. The most beautiful beach is considered to be the coastal area located in close vicinity to the Villa of Leopold II, the King of Belgium. The most popular stores, boutiques and … Read more
Gent
Decadance club is a popular destination for nightlife, where you can hear the music of most progressive and modern styles. No evening in the club is possible without striking dancing performances and parties. Visitors are offered to try a large selection of drinks in the club’s bar. The opening of Damberd Jazzcafé club took place in 1978. Since that time the club has become the most favorite destination of rest for fans of jazz. This place will be also loved by people who are nostalgic about … Read more
Spa
The whole complex can accommodate up to 35 thousand people. So don't be surprised by the two really giant swimming pools. You can swim under the roof or move to the open part. It should be noted that the water in Thermes de Spa is very warm. It seems even hot for many visitors. This allows you to swim in the open air even in winter. However, it won't be easy to freshen up quickly in the summer. It is worth noting that the pools are not just a large bathroom with water. There are many … Read more
Liege
The most comfortable places for shopping is still the Galerie Cathedrale shopping center of Liege. Its visitors can enjoyably walk through elite jewelry boutiques and have a chance at any desired moment to dislocate to one of the comfortable, cozy restaurants. Liege has many places for family recreation. Tourists traveling with kids are recommended to visit the local Aquarium. It borders on Zoological Garden. Thus after the visiting and exploring of the underwater world a family can continue … Read more
Kortrijk
In summer, hiking and cycling on the outskirts of the city are popular forms of tourist entertainment. Here you can admire the vast green meadows, see several authentic villages located near the city, as well as explore unique natural sights. Many interesting routes are laid for cycling enthusiasts. One of the most interesting trails Flax Bicycle Trail. In the summer, wealthy tourists often enjoy helicopter tours, during which they can once again appreciate the local natural beauty. … Read more

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