Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions
Saint-Roch Procession & Military March
This traditional procession invades the streets and country lanes of this village in Hainault. In Ham-sur-Heure, on the first Sunday after 15 August.
The procession, made up of different marching societies, leaves from the castle at around noon and returns four hours later.
It takes the saint's relics and statue through the town during this march which is punctuated with different stops and a bivouac.
The following Sunday, Monday and Tuesday groups of marchers and drummers will wind their way through the village without rest.
Each day ends at around 9 pm with a torchlight procession from the castle to the Grand-Place where all the individual torches feed the great fire around which people can dance until 10pm.
Origins of the Napoleonic marchThe Marches have religious roots and were influenced by the Napoleonic era. They evolved during the 20th century to become what they are today.
Find out more at Folkloric Marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.
Instructions for the marchesFrom May until September, 20,000 people dress up in costumes to re-enact this long tradition.
Each Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse March has its own traditions, customs and characteristics.
Check out the Marches calendar here (link in French only).
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
This march has been proclaimed "masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of the French Community" and is a recognised Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
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