"Is dit Belgisch? C'est du belge! + July 21" Top 5 Page for this destination Brussels Local Custom Tip by Norali

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by Norali

July 21 is Belgium National day. Every year, we celebrate it. Many concerts used to ignite parks and popular spots in Brussels, for instance. Fireworks and military procession at Royal Palace areas are not be missed.

2003 edition is a particular one since King Albert II is celebrating his 10-year reign.
Belgium is preparing this celebration. Up to now, we know that events will animate several spots. Belgian artists will perform within the field of "Concert de A à Z", for instance.

Even more, bicycle parades, motorbike and roller parades will be arranged to let people celebrate it their own way. There will be some stands to enable you to taste Belgian specialties. Kiddies will have their own stuffs too.

Check following URL to know about events, locations. I will give further update on transportation conditions. Up to now, I know that SNCB/NMBS (train) will arrange special schedule for people from provinces who attend Bxl events.
So far, in Dutch, French, German.

"Is dit Belgisch? C'est du belge!"

"Is dit Belgisch?" (: Is it Belgian?") is the question that a Flemish guy would ask to his neighhbour at Roland-Garros (where the 2 finalists in women single tournament were both Belgian, Justine Hénin- Hardenne and Kim Clijsters). And his walloon neigbour would answer "C'est du belge!" (: It is Belgian!). It seems that Belgians are not really aware of their success and quality and that makes them ask such questions. Well, it's a bit picturesque ofthis "little country", of course! But I find that true.

Prior to the celebration, you will see billboards with this notice with card play. Why card play, would you ask? Because Belgians use to enjoy playing cards with friends and beer glasses (or no glass at all in student circles). And after all, this is the King and Queen's celebration. Royal family members will participate too.

Pic of the announcing message will come!

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  • Updated Feb 25, 2004
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