Sainte Rolende march: a historic novelty in Gerpinnes… the women have a peloton, “you have to live with the times”

Sainte Rolende march: a historic novelty in Gerpinnes… the women have a peloton, “you have to live with the times”
Sainte Rolende march: a historic novelty in Gerpinnes… the women have a peloton, “you have to live with the times”

In Gougnies (Gerpinnes), Pentecost Monday is synonymous with Sainte Rolende. And this 2024 edition is synonymous with renewal. Here, 40 women make up a pack of walkers. It’s a first.

For the first time in history, 40 women constitute a platoon of walkers in the folklore of the Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse. For a long time, we have found some like “canteens” Or “vivandière” but this time, they play the same role as the men. Their platoon is called “The Volunteers”.

They walk to escort the relics of Saint Rolende. This is the culmination of five years of discussion. “I am very happy to see that the little girls who are three or four years old and who can walk with us will never experience this injustice. I find it magical to say that they will always have worked“, comments an actress of this change. “Our folklore must live with the times“, adds another walker.

Women walking is a first on this scale in the folklore of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse. A first that could give ideas to others. “Some villages remain a little blocked. I hope that seeing that it goes well, it will reassure and inspire other villages“, explains a walker.

In Gougnies, the welcome from the public and other walkers was warm. Out of 330 walkers, only two decided to stop after this novelty.

Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse market folklore market Gerpinnes Gougnies


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