Events  The Belgian National Day
21/07/201500:00 TV5MONDE

(If you wish to watch the special program regarding the Belgian National Day on TV5MONDE, click here. It will be broadcasted in our TV show "C'est du Belge" on Thursday July 23rd in the evening)



Tuesday July 21st is the Belgian National Day. It actually commemorates the date on which Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium back in 1831! Let’s see how is the National Day celebrated over there and learn more about this charming country!
 

 


 
Belgium and France are very close to each other and they share a 620km long border! The “Rivière Lys” or Leie River is part of it. French people use the term “Outre-Quiévrain” to describe Belgium (cf. “Outre-Manche” to describe United Kingdom and “Outre-Rhin” for Germany).
They love Belgian people, and they love to make funny jokes about them (and so do the Belgian people about French!!!) Belgian people are wellknown for the good sense of humor...

 
and for their finest Belgian chocolate...
 
 

Belgium map 

 
Today, Belgium shares its borders with 4 different countries: Germany, France, Luxembourg and Netherlands. Belgium country is only 30,000 sq. km but still, different languages are spoken across different regions, all influenced by the surrounding countries and history. Dutch (Flemish) is spoken by 60% of population, French by 40%, German less than 1% (all official). Fleming people represent 58% and Walloon 31%, other 11%. Actually, many French people like to move over to Belgium for their studies. 



 

After the French Revolution, Belgium was annexed to France. In 1830, Belgium rebelled against the Dutch rules and declared independence, which was approved by Europe at the London Conference of 1830-1831. 
The Congress called upon Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha, a German nobleman, to be the first King of the Belgians on 4 June 1831. 
The King's vow marked the start of the independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy and parliament. 
 
July 21st 1831 is therefore a date commonly used by historians to denote the end of the Belgian Revolution and the start of the Kingdom of Belgium.
 

 


 
Now it’s time to grab your black, yellow and red flag and to get ready for
good food, good mood, shows and fireworks!

 

 
 
On the eve, an open-air ball in the heart of the old town will be held: the “Bal National”
 
On D-Day, people go outside with their friends and family to celebrate. Belgian people love to eat their famous national dish: a delicious plate of mussels and chips, and maybe even with a glass of beer… 

 
Mussels and French fries...

 

Belgian waffles in a shop in Brussels...
 
This year, a “Resto National” is organized on the Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels, where tables will be set in order for citizens to enjoy a “Moules-frites National” all together; and watch the show of majorettes, accordionists… 


A beautiful Chocolaterie shop window in Brugges...


Program for 2015: 
 
9.00 a.m. Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels
 
10.30 a.m. Abdication ceremony of King Albert II at the Royal Palace in Brussels
 
12 pm King Philippe is sworn in before the two chambers of the Belgian federal parliament at the Palace of the Nation
 
1 p.m. The new King and Queen and the Royal Family greet the population from the balcony of the Royal Palace on Place des Palais
 
2.10 p.m. The new King pays homage to the Unknown Soldier at the Congress Column
 
5 p.m. Civil and military parade on Place des Palais
 
7 p.m. The new King and Queen attend the celebrations in the Parc de Bruxelles
 
11 p.m. The Royal Family watches the firework display that will be launched from the Palace of the Academies on Place des Palais
 
 

Calèches in the city of Brugges


"We wish a very happy festival to all our Belgian friends in Asia and Pacific!☺"


 
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