09.09.2016 - The procession...

...provides us with a picture of our own lives: The people of God in transit. What and Who is their destination? This persistent, age-old question is more pertinent than ever today.The 2019 Hanswijk ...

02.08.2016 - Procession 2019: Sunday the 19th of May 2019


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Every year since 1272 – for more than 700 years – the Hanswijk procession has made its way through the streets of Mechelen on the Sunday before Ascension Day. This probably makes it the oldest procession in Belgium. Hanswijk is an old district of Mechelen, where Mary has been venerated since time immemorial and which is also renowned for its fine, imposing Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk. 


The procession's key word is "yes": saying yes to life itself, saying "yes" to the many things of beauty we encounter on our life's journey, but also to the challenges that we face, and finally, saying "yes" to what God asks of us. For, sooner or later, we are all faced with fundamental questions of life: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? What is the meaning of life?

A captivating event for all!

Anyone with an interest in history will, without a doubt, appreciate the groups depicting the Dukes of Burgundy, Phillip the Good and Charles the Bold, or those from the Habsburg period accompanying Margaret of Austria, all evoking Mechelen's glorious past.

Those with a sharper eye will find something of their own existence in the groups parading past. These groups present, in effect, the archetypes of humanity: the hopeful expecting of a child, the immense joy at the birth of a child, the sadness and questioning in the face of suffering and death... All situations with which we are all familiar in our own lives. There is therefore food for thought and questioning...

Longing for a day out...

... now that spring is nearly upon us and is calling us to get out and about: Are you facinated by historical costumes or biblical imagery? Do you enjoy dynamic spectacles featuring word, song, dance, music or flag-spinning... especially if they convey a message that relates to you personally? Then the Hanswijk Procession in Mechelen on Sunday 19 May 2019 is just the thing for you!