Meyboom

Meyboom

August 9
One of the oldest folk traditions in Belgium, Meyboom is an amalgamation of Belgian folklore, patron-saint celebration, and traditional neighborhood rivalry. In 2008, the people of Belgium observed the 700th anniversary of the festival. As in centuries past, the event was marked with a procession of giant puppets and the planting of a meyboom (Dutch for "may tree").
The legend is told by a local fraternity known as the Brotherhood of Saint-Laurent's Companions. In 1213 a wedding party was attacked by marauders from the village of Leuven, located about 20 miles east of the capital city, Brussels. A group of archers came to the victims' rescue, and in reward, the duke gave them permission to plant a maypole on the eve of their patron saint's feastday, St. Laurent. The first celebration took place in 1208.
Today, in keeping with tradition established by the Brotherhood, a young tree is planted on the corner of Rue des Sables and Rue du Marais in Brussels. Before the official planting, a throng of merrymakers gathers for the tree's presentation at Place des Sablons. Then a procession of trumpeters and costumed giants accompanies the tree to its final destination. Time is of the essence, since according to custom, if the meyboom is not planted by 5:00 p.m. the city will be cursed and the good fortune destined for the locals will be transferred instead to the people of Leuven.
CONTACTS:
Companions of St. Laurence
Rue au Beurre 42
Brussels 1000 Belgium
www.meyboom.be
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