It is no wonder that in a culturally rich and diverse country such as Belgium, there are numerous festivals and events that draw visitors. Throughout the year, there are several Belgium events that are exciting, traditional and even a tad bizarre. Belgium has annual carnivals which are held in February and March. These are colourful and boisterous, and you’ll be stunned at the procession that goes by on the streets with nearly 1500 lavishly dressed performers.
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A religious Belgium festival would be the Heilig-Bloedprocessie (procession of the Holy Blood) which is held in Bruges on Ascension Day. There’s a solemn procession in which the shrine that contains the medieval vial which is reported to have a few drops of Christ’s blood is taken through the streets. But Belgium festivals can be fun and crazy too. In Ostend, there’s the Bal Rat Mort held on the first Saturday of March, a lavish fancy dress ball which has a different theme every year. Here are some of the other festivals celebrated in Belgium.
A colourful folk-dance festival where people from all over the world come to enjoy the wonders of folk dance. This is held in August every year.
This 14th century festival is one of the most loved traditional festivals in Belgium. It lasts for three days and includes processions and fireworks.
The chocolate festival is a must for anyone who has a sweet tooth and can’t resist chocolates. Apart from interacting with chocolate makers, you can do the Chic and Chocolate Gourmet Walk down a 500-metre pathway of chocolate treats.