In Belgium March is a month of carnivals

March in Belgium is a month of carnivals. Check out the four carnivals below which are taking place within a few days during the beginning of March.

561st Carnival of Malmedy

Recognised as being part of Wallonia’s intangible heritage, the centuries-old Malmedy carnival lasts for four days. The carnival procession features many traditional characters. This edition awaits approximately 2,500 people.

Malmedy’s Cwarmê has been celebrated for centuries: an archival document dating back to 25 June 1459 refers to the Monday and Tuesday of the “Quarmae”, thus suggesting that the Cwarmê (dialect for Malmedian Carnival) was being celebrated as early as that date and possibly even a lot earlier. In Malmedy, the word “Cwarmê ” refers to the carnival period that lasts for four days, from Saturday at noon to midnight on the day of Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday).


For more info, see: Cwarmê.

The Binche Carnival

This year the carnival will be taking place during the 3th, 4th and 5th of March. The Carnival of Binche is a living and exceptional heritage, a popular, human and social event. It has been recognized as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003.



This folkloric event, coming from a long oral tradition, is a real rite that gives the participants a unique feeling. For the inhabitants, and according to the famous quote, “there is no place like Binche in the world”.

The Carnival of Aalst

The Carnival of Aalst will take place in East Flanders from March 3th to 5th, 2019. From ducklings fishing for the little ones to the most dangerous attractions for the real daredevils and everything in between. There is something for everyone at the Winterfoor in Aalst.



This carnival brings together around 100,000 spectators each year.

Rose Monday in Eupen

The Monday of the Roses (Le Rosenmontag d’Eupen or le Lundi des Roses) will take place on March 4th.  More than 100 groups of people will be circulating around the city.

Don’t miss it!

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