today’s holiday: Festival of the Giants

Festival of the Giants

One of Belgium’s more distinctive and colorful pageants, held in Ath (or Aat), highlights the “Marriage of the Giants.” The giants—Goliath and his bride, strong-man Samson, a warrior named Ambiorix, and several others—20-foot-tall figures made of wicker and cloth, are paraded through the streets. After they lumber through the streets to the Church of St. Julien, Goliath and his lady are married. Besides the procession, the day is marked by the shooting of muskets, revelry, eating, drinking, and dancing. More… Discuss

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