Festivals and folklore

Various annual festivals take place in the village:

The Carnival

Carnaval de RebecqThe Rebecq Carnival takes place on the second Sunday before Easter. The Carnival procession sets off at around 3 pm from Quenast and arrives in Rebecq’s Grand Place at around 8 pm. This is followed by the brûlage des bosses [“burning of the humps” - a straw puppet is set alight to mark the end of the Carnival]. For the last few years, a children’s carnival has been organised on the Saturday before the event.

The Rebecq Carnival has grown in recent years: it now has around thirty floats, and since 2005 has featured a giant called Momus, a distinctive sight among the Rebecq group at other carnivals, and a great talking point for our village’s folklore.

To contact the Spring Carnival Committee:

Grégory Hemeryckx

greg.h@skynet.be

The Braderie (Street market)

A large street/flea market takes place on the last weekend in June, in the Rue du Pont, the Rue du Docteur Colson and the Grand Place, all of which become pedestrian areas for the duration of the event.

The Wallonia Festival

The Wallonia Festival reaches its peak in the centre of Rebecq in a weekend of September. A programme of activities is organised : with free concerts, a flea market, a street market, fair, exhibitions, tasting stands for local products and demonstrations of local folklore.

Fairs

In Rebecq: 15 August and the second Sunday in October.

In Quenast: the second Sunday after Whitsun and the second Sunday in November.

In Bierghes: the third Sunday in June and the fourth Sunday in September.

In Petit-Bruxelles: the fourth Sunday after Whitsun.

In Rognon: the first Sunday in September.