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Our culture & traditions

Zuid-Limburg cherishes its unique traditions to keep the region’s rich past alive.

Carnival

During carnival the whole region is celebrating. Traditionally, carnival lasts for three full days, just before the fasting period, but in fact the festivities last for a full week.

Vlaai

Sweet tooths will love the region’s specialty, the vlaai. Traditionally, this flan is made of a fresh yeast dough, filled with locally grown fruit, and baked in a wood-burned oven.

Procession

Ancient traditions come to life every year during religious processions. You can easily recognise the route of the processions, as the streets are marked by white-yellow flags and decorated with beautiful flower arrangements.
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Schutterij Schutters In Rijen Van Zijkant

Schutterij

The schutterij (literally marksmen’s guild) originates from the 14th century. In the Middle Ages its members acted as voluntary guards, protecting the church and the city. Nowadays they are a unique part of Limburg’s cultural heritage and traces of its religious origins are still evident. Historical costumes, parades and drum bands you can
see at 'The Oud Limburgs Schuttersfeest' where 160 'schutterijen' come together.

The Maypole

Before the start of the summer, an old ritual of pulling in and ‘planting’ a maypole is carried out to bestow fertility on the cattle and the fields. In many villages a tall, bare pine is being erected on
the village square and decorated with the traditional wreath.

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Lockdown in the Netherlands

The Dutch government recommends staying home as much as possible and avoiding crowds. Do you want to go out in Zuid-Limburg or do you have a vacation planned here? Then head out safely with our tips.