Happy Carnival 2015!

An important event in Belgium is the celebration of Carnival all over the country but especially in places like Binche (Hainaut Province) , Alost (Flanders) and Malmedy ( German Province of Belgium)

In Binche, the famous « Gilles » go out on the street in a fascinating cortege throwing oranges for the great delight of the public who try to catch them! The event is a sight and is even listed as a cultural treasure by the United Nations!

Only men from Binche or recognized as such can be members of one of the several Gilles societies. On the night of the « Mardi Gras » , the Gilles gathers on Binche Grand Place for a « Rondeau », a traditional dance! The whole thing is something to see if you have Belgian ancestors!

Happy Carnival!