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FOOD Belgian food reflects cuisines of neighbouring European countries but some distinctive traditional food are couque biscuit, moules frites and carbonade flamande. Belgian chocolates are also very famous.

SPORTSThe traditional sport is called Crossage. Crossage is the ancient ancestor of golf. Other popular sports are football, cycling, tennis, table tennis, athletics, swimming, basketball, badminton, judo, hockey, motocross, auto racing, volleyball and running.



RELIGION75% of Belgium has the religion Roman Catholic and 25% of Belgium is mixed.

CLOTHINGThe national Belgian costume for men features a smock and beret. It is brightly coloured, and it features a large white collar and wooden shoes. The national costume for women is a special gown with Celtic trimming and colourful beads, which is worn over a white chemise. Both are significantly influenced by French traditional dress.

MUSICThe music of Belgium is a cultural crossroads where Dutch-speaking and French-speaking traditions mix with those of German minorities and of immigrant communities.

TRADITIONAL STORY-FOLKLOREMany of Belgium's colorful festivals are based on local myths. One is the famous Cat Festival of Ypres. According to legend, medieval Ypres was overrun by rats, and cats were brought in to kill them. But the cats multiplied too fast, and people took to throwing them off the tops of buildings. Today this action is imitated during the festival with toy cats. Folklore also surrounds Belgium's traditional puppet theatre.

ARTArt styles in Belgium move from realism to surrealism. Realism portrays life in its basic, realistic form while surrealism portrays non realistic life. In the field of visual arts, artists from Belgium are among the best in Europe. With a wide variety of museums like The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Belgium boasts of some of the most remarkable collections by artists like Peter Paul Ruben and Anthony Van Dyck.Belgian comics played a major role in the development of European comics. Comics are an integral part of Belgian Culture. Tintin is a famous cartoon character created by a Belgian, who is a reporter and adventurer who travels around the world with his dog Snowy.

Anthony Van Dyck

Peter Paul Ruben

Belgian architectures evolved over time and some of its magnificent structures are recognized as ‘world heritage’. Different styles of architecture like Roman, Gothic, Mosan, Traditional Flemish and Traditional Walloon are present in Belgium. Some examples are shown here in the left.

Painting by Anthony Van Dyck

couque biscuits

Moules frites and carbonade flamande

Belgium chocolates

50%Dutch nearly 40% french 1%German


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