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  André Rieu, son of Maastrcht
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The Maastrichtenaar (Mestreechteneer), the maastricht inhabitant. How can we caracterize him? Nearly all are catholic. Since Maastricht has been long time under influence of the Spanish rulers. The south (under the “big rivers”) of the country having this religion, Maastrcht can be seen as the stronghold of catolicism. Churches are frequentier visited and the priests play some role in local society. The dean of the Sint Servaas is a all known person. And, during important catholic celebrations we see the local magistrates in church. The children celebrate each year the “communion” in their white dresses and black suites and people like to walk in the procesions, where also many organistions, like the scouts etc, take part. Of course the catholic Carnival forms an important event, with witch locals can be buzy the whole year, organizing, building Vateloavend-wagons, and composing carnival songs. Peope in Maastricht are fond of being a member of one or more of the numberous clubs. Snookerclubs, Dartclubs, Danceclubs, or old traditional clubs such as Schutterijen, religious clubs (Het graf van Sint Servaas) you name it. The clubs are the way of social networking and seem even to be important in politics, where communual councel candidates with a a feet in the clubs get many votes. Maastricht people like the bon vivre. Eating and drinking ouside the house is important. And, as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer in february the chairs and tables at the pavements terraces at the Vrijthof squre are already opened. Going out, the maastricht madam dresses well, and puts up a lot of rouge. Maastricht is a fashionable city and its important to show off. The mondain, mediteranian flair. And then, having a city to be proud of, Maastricht people cant help being a bit chauvenistic. What is in this perspect also striking , elder people prefer to speak dialect over dutch or other languages. You can ask something in dutch or englksih and they ll anwer you in dialect. That’s what they call here “100 percent Jeng” Jeng is meaning a Maastricht citizin in its fullest way.

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  • Written Apr 11, 2008
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