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Feast Day of the French Community

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. Feast Day of the French Community (La fête de la Communauté française de Belgique) is a celebration of linguistic heritage and national independence. It largely takes place in the Walloon cities of Namur, Liege, Huy, and Charleroi, and is a public assertion of the linguistic and ethnic rights of French speakers. All schools and administrative buildings are closed for the feast day. More...
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Feast Day of the French Community
French Community, Feast Day of the(La fête de la Communauté franaisede Belgique)
September 27
Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. Feast Day of the French Community (La fÉte de la CommunautÉ française de Belgique) is a celebration of linguistic heritage and national independence. Feast days in other regions of Belgium include Feast Day of the Flemish Community, Feast Day of the German-Speaking Community, Iris Fest, and Walloon Regional Day.
Three linguistic communities make up Belgium's population—the French, Flemish, and German. There are four million French speakers in Belgium, and most of them live in the federal region of Wallonia, located in the south. Feast Day of the French Community, which largely takes place in the Walloon cities of Namur, Liege, Huy, and Charleroi, is a public assertion of the linguistic and ethnic rights of French speakers. It also marks the historic date in 1830 when the Dutch army withdrew from Brussels to end the union with Holland and its king, William I. This event allowed Belgium to declare its sovereignty.
For the greater part of the 20th century, the holiday took place on the final Sunday of September. The Walloon Assembly, a group leading the burgeoning Walloon Movement, decided in 1975 to switch to the late September date to mark the days in 1830 when Belgians successfully resisted foreign domination. By focusing on this page in history, the leaders hoped to inspire a similar movement of preserving autonomy from Belgium's dominant group, the Flemish speakers of Flanders.
All schools and administrative buildings are closed for the feast day. Past celebrations have extended three days and have offered a program of plays, sports competitions, and free music concerts.
CONTACTS:
Belgium Embassy
3330 Garfield St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-333-6900; fax: 202-333-3079
www.diplobel.us
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History of French Community Day
From the start of the nineteenth century, Belgians had been become increasingly unhappy under the rule of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

On the evening of 25 August 1830, a performance of Daniel Auber's patriotic opera 'La Muette de Portici', led to revolution. The performance caused a riot, and the crowd poured into the streets after the opera ended, shouting patriotic slogans, and quickly taking control of government buildings.

The moderate Crown Prince William, who represented the monarchy in Brussels, announced on 1 September that the administrative separation of the north and south was the only workable solution to the crisis. His father, King William I, rejected this proposal and attempted to restore the establishment order by force.

The royal army was unable to retake Brussels after vicious street fighting during September 23 to 26. A provisional government was declared in Brussels on 26 September, and the Dutch troops retreated during the night of the 26-27.

The Flemish Community observes a community day, on 11 July, called the Battle of the Golden Spurs, commemorating a victory over the French in 1302.

It is interesting to note that the French Community Holiday celebrates the victory of French speaking Belgians over the Dutch army, while the Flemish Community Holiday celebrates the victory of Dutch speaking Belgians over the French army

http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/belgium/french_community.php


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