On the first saturday of september, Tiel celebrates the start of the fruit harvestingseason. All surrounding villages make there own show wagons made from a wagon with an iron frame and fruti and vegetables complete the showwagon. They are glued and stuck on the frame. They can make beautiful tableaus out of them.
On the picture you see Flipje the former mascotte of the jam and marmelade factory De Betuwe.
It's a pity that it's gone today. It was taken over by a bigger company and they decided to produce elsewhere.
The Swan, a sign of the Lutherian church
Not that local, but it might be intresting to you:
On top of the Ceacilia chapel I recognised the swan. Now I am not sure if the Ceacilia-church is a Lutherian one, but the Swan is the sign for Lutherian religion. In The Netherlands all other churches have a rooster on top, that relates back to the chapter in the bible where Petrus gets warned by the crow of the rooster after he oraly betrayes his master Jezus Christ. It is a warning sign to all that believe not to betray yourself.
A Dutch tradition in Tiel
Fighting against the water is a very Dutch tradition. Water, sea as well as rivers, always have been our best friend as well as our worst enemy. In Tiel the fight is against high tides of the river Waal and the town has been abondanned in 1995 with extreme tides that roose against the citywalls. The gates were all closed and luckely this time things still were kept dry. The riverlands were evacuated in a wide circle around Tiel, that itself became a ghosttown for almost a week.
Fruit Corso, the largest in the world!
Each second weekend in September (check available websites) the tradition in Tiel is the magnificent Fruit Corso. The corso is now-a-days excisiting of several activities, but the highlight is the corso itself on Saturday. In this parade enormous cars, simulating beautiful figures dressed up completely with fruits, are shown to the visitors that arrive from all over the world. In the morning a smaller variant done by children is as well very intresting, but in the afternoon people often give many "oooh" and "aaah's" when the caravan of fruit-figures is passing by. The days after the corso itself these creations are to be admired in the exposition-hall across the trainstation. New this year are the fruit-mozaiks along the old citycanal. At night aluminated they become a colourful spectacular view. Some call this use of enormous amounts of fruit a waste, but it's a tradition that goes long long back and - in my opinion - should stay for a long long while.
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