La Ducasse d' Ath

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David and Goliath - with a twist Aug 22, 2009
La Ducasse d'Ath is a world heritage listed festival that is held every year in Ath on the fourth Sunday of August (but the most interesting events are on the Saturday before). The festival has been going on since at least 1399 but has been heavily modified over the centuries. Originally it was probably just one scene (David vs Goliath) in a series of Biblical plays honouring the local Saint's day. With the French revolution the Biblical nature of the festival was cut and a wife was created for Goliath. Now Goliath and his wife get married at the Church and then dance their way through the streets until the mean bully David jumps out for no particular reason and kills Goliath on his wedding day. All very strange.

12 h: the big bell of the church of Saint-Julien announces festivities

14:30: Goliath and his wife went to the church of Saint-Julien to celebrate Vespers bridal

16:15: Combat between the shepherd David and Goliath, bonimée opposite the Hotel de

Ville d'Ath

20 h: output torchlight Group Canon Mount Sarah in town, concert band Royal Union

Saint-Martin in front of the Hotel de Ville
Adrian_Liston says:
I felt kind of sorry for Goliath, being killed on his wedding day :(
Posted on: Aug 25, 2009
lamadude says:
Very strange to portray Goliath like that, never heard of this festival before :-)
Posted on: Aug 24, 2009
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