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The Procession of the Holy Blood takes place annually on Ascension Day. In 2022, the procession will take place on Thursday 26th May from 3.00 pm onwards.
The Procession of the Holy Blood will take place this year on Thursday 26 May.
It has now been almost three years since the Procession of the Holy Blood last passed through the streets of Bruges.
The organization did not sit still during the corona pandemic. All costumes were taken care of for a wash and a thorough check. In addition, many innovations are planned. You can expect a beautifully renewed edition!
Eearly morning Session 26/5/2022 with Tiumph Bell in Background.
On Ascension Day (usually in May) the Procession of the Holy Blood takes place in the town centre, during which the relics of the Holy Blool are carried through the town. They are followed by around 2000 locals who illustrate the history of the relics.
The Procession of the Holy Blood was created in 1304 as an expression of gratitude and faith. It has formed part of the city of Bruges’ rich history since that time. The Procession of the Holy Blood is included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO World Heritage).
The colourful procession dates back to the thirteenth century, when a citizen of Bruges is said to have brought the Relic of the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ back from the Second Crusade. Led by the thirty city notables of the Brotherhood of the Holy Blood and accompanied by brass bands, more than 2,000 citizens on foot, in carts or on horseback perform stories from the Old Testament, the life of Jesus and the history of Bruges. Then, various civic groups venerate the relic and the procession concludes with a prayer ceremony, performed in several languages to accommodate the international audience.
A colourful and memorable religious spectacle!
For centuries, the ceremony has played an important role in expressing the identity of Bruges's inhabitants and in facilitating encounters with people from outside the city. Participants are a representative cross-section of ages, families and communities. Some inhabitants have participated for forty or fifty years, and émigrés often return for 'Bruges's Finest Day'. The Procession is a vibrant example of how a collective ceremony can unite a city through ritual enactment of its history and beliefs.
The people of Bruges love it very much. They say that the day of the procession is "Brugges' Schoonste Dag" (The Most Beautiful Day in Bruges).
.Generally the whole city takes part in a very spectular event.