Doudou, Mons (1)

Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). The Doudou is a traditional festival held in the town of Mons, on the weekend of Trinity Sunday, in which a large, elaborately decorated gold casket said to contain the relics of St Waudru is paraded through the town, and culminating in the ritual combat with, and slaying of, a large (200kg) ‘dragon’ on the Grand Place. The Doudou is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The following images were taken in the streets of the old town centre on Saturday evening, after the gold casket had been lowered from its usual resting place in the Collegiate Church of St Waudru.

Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham
Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham
Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham
Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham
Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham
Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham

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