March 20, 2011

March 19

March 19,  the name day of Joseph, regarded by Catholics as a Patron Saint, still today is celebrated in several cities all over the place in a traditional way.  Also in this village Testelt, in northeastern Flemish Brabant.  It is a tiny town surrounded by others, several of which, such as Scherpenheuvel, Averbode and Zichem, are better known, mainly for their history and catholic traditions.  It is a longstanding tradition for the town people in Testelt to go to mass on this day, and after the ceremony a candle procession lead by the priest takes them from the church to the chapel, which was built in 1830, renovated in 1974 and again in 1999.  Its inscription reads "H Jozef bescherm ons" meaning "St Joseph protect us". 


  1. What a beautiful setting!

  2. The Flemish are good at keeping their traditions alive. Not so much so in this country. People shake their heads at some of our holidays. Like they are as obsolete as heel and toe plates on shoes.

  3. Salut! Merci beaucoup for showing us that great church tradition which lives on today!
    Bonjour d'EAGAN daily photo

  4. These photos are so beautiful. I really like the one of the priest with the candles.

  5. Merci pour ta visite et ton commentaire.