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Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

Notre-Dame Tour of the Basse-Wavre region

Around 100 riders participate in the "Grand Tour on Horseback" and form a torchlight procession, followed by fireworks at the Wavre City Hall, on 28/06/14.


Pilgrims are welcomed on the Saturday and Sunday for procession, which itself takes places along a 7.5 km route and ends at the Sablon where a big loaf of bread decorated with flowers is distributed. 

Saturday's programme: 

4pm: departure from the place Beaufaux Polydore, in Basse-Wavre, passing through the countryside in the Dion-le-Mont area, participants will go to meet the pilgrims who have came from Noville-on-Mehaigne walk (30km) - starting at 12pm, from Noville. 

The meeting point is 7 km away at the "All-Dion" car park (chaussée de Huy, in Dion-Valmont).


Around 6:15pm: arrival of the pilgrims and walkers to "All-Dion" who, at this stage, will have a snack. together, walkers and pilgrims will make their way to Wavre.


Around 7pm: arrival at the "TROC" establishment, on chaussée de Huy, Wavre, where they will be welcomed by City council authorities.

Around 7.15pm: departure of the parade through the city to the St-Jean-Baptiste church, where they will be welcomed by the doyen of the church.

8pm: the parade heads towards the Basse-Wavre Basilica where they will be welcomed by the priest, and will be served lunch in the Maria Pacis parish. 

10.30pm: horse-ride with torches in the centre of Wavre "for those who wish to take part". 

11pm: fireworks


Sunday's Programme:


8am: mass for the pilgrims at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Basse-Wavre 

8.40am: departure of the procession 

Around 10.45am: blessing of the Wastia, on 34-36, rue de Namur; 

Around 11.15am: welcome and prayers at the St. Jean-Baptiste church; 

12.15am: return and sharing of the Wastia;

12.30am: pilgrims welcomed at the Maria Pacis Hall.


Information

  • tel. : +32 (0) 10 23 03 55
  • website : http://basse-wavre.bw.catho.be/Sanctuaire/index%20grandtour.html

PLUSTourist information on the town WAVRE

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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.