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Day of the Flemish Community is an important event that changed the course of history and is celebrated every year on July 11th. The mission of the holiday is to remember the Battle of Courtrai, which is known as the Battle of the Golden Spurs. On this day, a large-scale, spectacular festival is held on Monnet Square (Brussels), as well as in the Grand Palace. The festival is accompanied by live music, children’s activities, educational events. All this makes it possible to celebrate the historic victory of the Flemings in 1302 in a bright and unforgettable way.

The History

The Day of the Flemish Community has a heroic history and deep roots. In 1302, the Flemings of Bruges revolted against the monarch of France, Philip IV. In response to their attack on the governors of Flanders, the king sent an impressive army – 2.5 thousand knights and 5 thousand foot soldiers. The two armies met in an open field near the city of Courtrai. The outcome of the battle seemed to be a foregone conclusion – the city dwellers had no chance, despite the fact that they outnumbered the soldiers, but they lacked professional training. However, the Flemish community was victorious, overthrowing the commander of the French army. Thus, the Day of the Flemish Community recalls the crushing victory of the Flemings over the French.

Interesting Facts

  • For every soldier killed, the townspeople took off the golden spurs, at least a thousand spurs were collected, which is why the battle is known as the battle of the Golden Spurs.
  • Flemish art is one of the most popular in the world, famous artists still create their masterpieces.
  • It is in Flanders that the world’s longest tram line runs along the coast and is 42 miles long.
  • Flanders has the highest density of catering establishments in the world, with 93 Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Belgium annually brews about 1,600 flavored beers, and local culinary specialists are masters of chocolate, it is not surprising that Brussels is considered the birthplace of chocolate.

How to celebrate

Day of the Flemish Community is a great way to plunge into the world of Flemish art – enjoy painting, listen to music. It’s time to try Belgian cuisine. If you get the chance, visit Brussels and take part in the festival. Take a bike and ride around the city.

When is Day of the Flemish Community celebrated in 2022?

Day of the Flemish Community is observed on July 11 each year.