The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Kattestoet (Festival of the Cats) Options
Daemon
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/7/2009
Posts: 24,865
Neurons: 73,773
Location: Inside Farlex computers
Kattestoet (Festival of the Cats)

A peculiar celebration to commemorate an event involving cats, Kattestoet is held in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. In the celebration today, about 2,000 people, dressed as cats, witches, and giants, march in a parade to the tune of bagpipes. Floats depict the history of the town and of feline figures—Puss in Boots, the Egyptian cat-headed goddess Bast, and others. The climax of the celebration comes when a jester throws toy witches and stuffed cloth cats from the town belfry. More...
KSPavan
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 3:31:34 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/28/2015
Posts: 4,081
Neurons: 2,552,120
Location: Kolkata, Bengal, India
Today's Holiday
Kattestoet (Festival of the Cats)
A peculiar celebration to commemorate an event involving cats, Kattestoet is held in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. In the celebration today, about 2,000 people, dressed as cats, witches, and giants, march in a parade to the tune of bagpipes. Floats depict the history of the town and of feline figures—Puss in Boots, the Egyptian cat-headed goddess Bast, and others. The climax of the celebration comes when a jester throws toy witches and stuffed cloth cats from the town belfry.
hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:21:36 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/29/2014
Posts: 1,090
Neurons: 511,378
Location: Borough of Bronx, New York, United States
Seriously Daemon?

Today is Mother's Day which began in 1906. In America it is celebrated the 2nd Sunday in May and celebrated, on different days, in 195 countries in the world...that should have been 'Today's Holiday'...instead "Festival of the Cats" takes precedence...what's wrong with this picture?

From a mother & grandmother,
hedy


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
whatson
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:32:51 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/19/2016
Posts: 327
Neurons: 2,632
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
*
Great-.../Grand-.../Motherhood tends to be overrated
everywhere in the Universe in biological societies.
*

I am a lay-about.
whatson
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 2:25:28 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/19/2016
Posts: 327
Neurons: 2,632
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:16:45 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/4/2014
Posts: 6,524
Neurons: 4,409,340
Location: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia




There are two types of people in this world: cat people, and not cat people.

Pope Gregory IX, who held the papacy from 1227 to 1241, most definitely fell in the second camp — largely because he believed that the fluffy hairball-hackers embodied Lucifer himself.


Gregory based his theory on “evidence” from Conrad of Marburg, a papal inquisitor. Apparently torture produced some pretty convincing confessions from people who worshipped the devil and his black cat.

On June 13, 1233, Gregory issued the Vox in Rama, an official papal decree declaring that Satan was half-cat and sometimes took the form of a cat during Satanic masses.

Before the prospect of burning at the stake for having contact with the purring pets, Catholics around the the continent began slaughtering any feline that entered their property. We may still see the effects of the mass cat slaughter today: It’s been suggested that the small black cat population in Europe today is a direct result of that breed being deemed particularly devil-like.

Of course, the Bubonic Plague also motivated the kitty killings, as many believed that cat germs contributed to the plague’s spread.

However, history shows that the Black Death, which ravaged Europe in the mid 1300s, was actually caused by rats and the fleas on them. Which means that killing off the rats’ main predators was probably not the best idea.

The Church’s feline foibles didn’t stop with Gregory, however. Pope Innocent VIII came to power in the late 1400s, during the throes of witch crusades in Western Europe. Because the powers that be dictated that the cat composed one of the main identifiers of a witch, the Church officially excommunicated the entire species.

Cat burning and other forms of cat hating have survived the centuries since.

In Belgium, an entire festival, Kattenstoet, is dedicated to throwing cats from buildings and burning them in the streets. Queen Elizabeth I celebrated her coronation with the burning of a cat-stuffed effigy.

Even today, the Vatican still throws shade at cats. But this time, Pope Francis is focusing on all pets – saying that people spend way too much money on furry friends.

“After food, clothing and medicine, the fourth item is cosmetics and the fifth is pets,” he said, referring to a study on where most people’s income goes. “That’s serious.”

http://allthatsinteresting.com/pope-massacred-cats
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.