Provincie Limburg Local Customs

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Provincie Limburg Local Customs

  • Dialect

    Maastricht Local Customs

    Because of its location and diverse modern history Maastrichters have developed a dialect unique to the city which is heavily influence by Belgian and German and even has some French and Spanish minor roots. It differs from Standard Dutch not just in intonation but also regards vocabularly in that there are some terms which do not translate...

  • Carnaval

    Maastricht Local Customs

    it afternoon in town and the town hall is full of crowds. With an invitation you can get in and see the ‘ sleutel-overdracht’ ( handover the key of the city). It is always celbrated they saterday before Carnival starts. The local celebrities are invited as well some national persons in the field of politics. Such as ministers and parlement members....

  • The Flag of Limburg

    The Flag of Limburg is white/bluew/yellow (2:1:2). The small blue band represents the river Maas. Yellow has been a color involved with Belgium. And the White refers to the netherlands (The Red, White Blue can be found back in the Red Lion, and white/blue bands).The Red Lion on the flag is a typically Limburger lion. It's different from the Dutch...

  • The anthem of Limburg

    Few provinces are so proud of their heritage as Limburg is. So that's why most of the Limburgers know the anthem. When it's being played it's customary to sing it along. Usually in the local dialect or in Dutch. Below the text in Dutch and English. The anthem dates back from 1909 and is entitled "In het bronsgroen eikenhout" (In the bronzegreen...

  • OLS

    The OLS "Oud Limburgs Schuttersfeest" (Old Limburger Marksmanfest" is a competition among all the civic guards of the provinces of Limburg (the Dutch Limburg and the neighbouring Belgian Limburg).Al civic guards from each town (over 150 groups) compete with each other to be the most skilled shooters.Shooters have to hit small targets on a long...

  • Mountains

    Yes, Limburg is the roof of the Netherlands with mountains!If I explain our highest mountain is 322m high (1000ft) people start laughing and almost don't accept it in the category "small hill". But don't forget that in a flat country this can be considered rather big.Technically the hills aren't even hills. They are plateau's separated by valleys...

  • Local Dialects

    The Limburger are known for their strange funny language they speak.Though the Limburg dialect is not officially recognized as a language by the Dutch authority. The European Union does recognize Limburg as an official language.But that's a lot fuzz, let's focus on the language.. It sounds very German at first. And basically it's just a twisted way...

  • Maytree

    In the south of Limburg every village has its own maytree. Mostly a pine tree. The decorated tree is put upright in the centre of the village by the young men of the community.The may celebration, with planting the tree, is a very old tradition. It was found in the entire western europe. It was a time of fertility. The beginning of summer, the...

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