Procession of the Holy Blood

26 May 2022

The Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges takes place annually on Ascension Day. It starts at 2.30 p.m. at the Dijver and goes through the historic city centre. The passage of the procession will take about an hour and a half at any point along the route.

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. Biblical stories form the basis of the procession. In the final part, members of the Noble Brotherhood of the Holy Blood accompany the shrine in which the precious relic is stored.

More than 1700 participants sing, make music, dance and act. The style of the procession is reminiscent of the Burgundian era, when guilds, craftsmen, brotherhoods and chambers of chivalry were responsible for the interpretation of the scenes.

The Procession of the Holy Blood is included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO World Heritage).

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