Pentecost is the Christian celebration of Jesus sending his disciples the Holy Ghost, to assist them in spreading the gospel to all who would listen.
Convents and Monasteries How they served the city, pre-French revolution.
Maastricht contains a wide variety of monastic orders, but this tour focuses on those who served the population, especially with health care and education.
Processions are an ancient tradition and a part of Catholicism – choirs, music bands, groups of pilgrims and a wonderful array of statues and shrines, each with their own brotherhood of bearers, will solemnly walk the streets. Testimony to the strong roots of faith in contemporary Maastricht.
This particular saint is said to have brought Christianity to Maastricht and on his 4th century grave over time his church on the Vrijthof was constructed. His day is traditionally celebrated with the big spring carnival on the Vrijthof, but also by the impressive procession in the city center tomorrow!
May 4th and 5th are national commemorations of the Second World War of 1940-1945. On May 4th every town has its own ceremony and Maastricht even has two. All these local ceremonies end at 20 hrs with a nationwide silence of 2 minutes.
(The photo is of the monument on the Ginkelse Heide.)
With the televised spectacle of the royals visiting Rotterdam over, we can all enjoy King’s Day the way we prefer!
Meet Maastricht is present with a stall at Get Involved! The market will take place Wednesday 26 April between 13-16 hrs at the Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht. See you there?