Pilgrims on the march in Belgium - in pictures
Some 3,000 joined the procession of Marche Sainte-Rolende through villages in Gerpinnes
Pilgrims and people dressed in French empire uniforms took part in the procession of Marche Sainte-Rolende, in Gerpinnes, Belgium.
The event was part of some 15 folkloric marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, all recognised by UNESCO.
Sainte-Rolende, which is both a religious and secular event, is the biggest one.
Starting at 2.30am with a religious service, more than 3,000 pilgrims took a 35km route, passing through seven villages while carrying the 58kg shrine with the relics of Sainte-Rolende, which were placed in a new reliquary in 1599.
The first traces of the Sainte-Rolende in Gerpinnes date back to 1699.
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Updated: May 21, 2018 03:12 PM