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St. Berthuin's Shrine

Lucie Goffaux, Alex Timmermans, Corentin Colson,
and Maïté Degryse from Belgium


Procession
Photo: Malonne-be
Each year a procession is held in his memory. Villagers carry the shrine through the streets to give everyone the opportunity to touch it because it's supposed to bring good luck all through the year.


 

We're going to tell you about a tradition in a village called Malonne, that is situated in Belgium: a very little country in the middle of Europe. Malonne is a tiny village in the countryside. In this village there are a lot of traditions like the St Berthuin's Procession.

Everything started a long time ago. In the 7th century an Irish monk settled down in a lost forest where he built a church and the village was created around the church. When he died his bones were put in a shrine of gold and silver.

Each year a procession is held in his memory. Villagers carry the shrine through the streets to give everyone the opportunity to touch it because it's supposed to bring good luck all through the year. People from all around the world should come to Malonne to attend this procession and the world would be a better place to live.

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