Customs And Traditions Of Belgium


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Customs And Traditions Of Belgium

  1. 1. Customs and traditions in Belgium
  2. 2. Is there a prevailing culture in Belgium? <ul><li>Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity. As such, it is therefore difficult to give a general overview that applies to all Belgians. Each area will have its own particularities. The three predominant cultures are: 1) in north, Flanders -  primarily Dutch, 2)in  the south, Wallonia - primarily French and 3) the northeast - primarily German influenced. The following are brief aspects that are applicable to all areas. </li></ul>
  3. 4. What are the most famous festivals in Belgium? <ul><li>Every year May 1 st in Neerpelt ( in Belgium) European Junior Musical Festival is organized. In this festival young people play different musical instruments. </li></ul><ul><li>The main idea of this festival is a chance for young people to show, their musical skills. Also in this festival children learn, how can music help people communicate. </li></ul>
  4. 7. Couler Café <ul><li>For the first time in 1990 “Couler Café” was staged. It regenerates all of it’s colors, music, scents every year at weekend in June . This Year the festival is going to be celebrated in the wonderful “ Tour & Taxis” place in the Brussels’ heart near Arabian bunder bazaar. </li></ul>
  5. 11. <ul><li>There will be three evenings dedicates to musical themes. Summer sky will be slashed by spacey dub rhythm, scrowl rap poetry and reggae shafts… </li></ul>
  6. 23. <ul><li>“ Couleur Café” – rhythm, exotic and tolerant atmosphere will last for three days. At the colour orchestra you can see ZAP MAMA, KASSAV, Salif Keita, Femi Kuti, Urban Species, even the Belgian rap scene representing team. </li></ul>
  7. 31. Customs of Belgium Marriage and Family The average Belgian family has two children. Both parents often work outside the home. At home, they may share some household duties, but women are still generally considered responsible for many of them and for child care. Married children in Flanders seldom live with their parents, except in rural areas where families share farmland. In the past, extended families in Wallonia shared a large single house, but today they tend to live separately. Still, they often remain in the same town or city as the rest of their family.
  8. 33. Eating <ul><li>Belgians eat a rich variety of foods, including pork, beef, game birds, fish, seafood, cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread, and soup. Wine, beer, or mineral water is often served with meals. Belgium is famous for seafood (such as mussels), chocolate, some 300 varieties of beer, waffles, and frites (fried potatoes)—which Belgians claim to have invented and which are sometimes served with mayonnaise. Breakfast consists of a hot drink along with rolls or bread with jam or other preserves. At midday, a larger meal is eaten. The evening meal is usually at 7 or 8 PM. Belgians take great pride in the quality of their food and the variety of cuisine—from domestically developed dishes to those adapted from other cultures. Restaurants offer a wide variety of international dishes . </li></ul>
  9. 37. What cult ural symbols are there in Belgium? <ul><li>Statue of th e Pissing Boy (Manneken-Pis) </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz and sa xophone music </li></ul><ul><li>N ational be er and chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Belgian flag </li></ul>
  10. 39. What traditional food is most popular? <ul><li>Mussels and ch ips </li></ul><ul><li>Waffles </li></ul><ul><li>Belgian chocolate </li></ul>
  11. 42. What kinds of celebrations are observed in Belgium? <ul><li>Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Carnivals </li></ul><ul><li>Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Special days </li></ul><ul><li>Parades </li></ul>