Bruges’ Blood Procession receives world heritage status

Bruges’ Holy Blood Procession

The United Nations cultural organisation UNESCO has recognised Bruges’ Holy Blood Procession as ‘world heritage’.

The Holy Blood Procession was one of 76 traditions that were recognised as worthy of world heritage status at a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The Blood Procession is seen as ‘immaterial heritage’, a term that covers everything from feasts to dancing, music, oral traditions, rituals and old crafts.

The Bruges procession celebrates the return of Count Diederick of Alsace to Flanders in 1150.

The count had been away on the Second Crusade, and on his return from the Holy Land he brought back a vessel reported to contain the blood of Christ.

This relic is carried in the procession held on Ascension Day.

The procession often attracts a crowd of 25,000.

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