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Once again a week has passed, and given that it will soon be Halloween I got thinking about a potential Friday Fun topic. Halloween would have been an easy one, but it's not celebrated everywhere around the world (For example: here in Belgium people nowadays do decorate houses and do halloween themed walks in the woods in the evening, but there is no trick or treating).
So I wanted to explore the world of crazy local traditions around the world, as a way to celebrate our diversity and creativity.
The city I live in (and was born in) is called Dendermonde, it's a small city in between Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels. It's over 1000 years old and the main market has some very old buildings:
(A picture of the Dendermonde city hall, a century old building with a clock tower in the middle).
We also have a century old legend about the Bayard Steed (Or Ros Beiaard in Flemish) here in Dendermonde.
Now the crazy part: for over 600 years we've had a parade that goes out on special occasions (lately it's just been every 10 years) that celebrates the story of the Bayard Steed. This parade is recognised as Unesco World Heritage and draws crowds from around the world to Dendermonde.
What makes this parade special are some of the following things:
(The Steed with the 4 Aymon brothers greeting the crowds (pay attention to the shoes underneath the Steed, the Pijnders always have white shoes on :) )
What makes this even more special for me and my family is the fact that we have 4 sons who could qualify the next time the Steed will appear in public (May 2030).
Here you can see them practicing with their poor dad :)
(A picture of me on my knees in the grass with my 4 sons on my back pretending to be the Aymon brothers).
If you want to see more of the parade, check out this youtube video of the grand final on the Market Square.
So tell me about your local traditions, parades, legends, festivals , and more. I look forward to learning about all the amazing things people do around the world.