Sword, a traditional symbol

Hasselt is the capital of Limburg, Belgium. Normally it is a quite town, but the city is always active during weekends with different activities. Hasselt is famous for speculoos (spiced biscuit), Jenever drink (traditional liqour) etc., At the city centre stands an old building named as ‘The Sweert’, a pharmacy. Since 1713, this building isContinue reading “Sword, a traditional symbol”

Mei-avond, a dutch tradition

Meiavondviering (May evening) takes place every year at the end of April in Hasselt, Belgium. Hasselt has been following this tradition from mid-16th century. A large doll, made from birch tree is burnt. This doll represents winter, which means metaphorically ‘burning the winter and welcoming spring’.