The Roman Catholic past of the South
Limburg (and Noord-Brabant) are the Roman Catholic provinces of The Netherlands. As straight through our little country runs the religious border between Protestantism and Catholicism, one can find a difference between the personality of the people (generally taken) as well. People from "over the rivers (North of) have more calvinistic (pure Dutch), reformed, protestant etc. minds then people from below the rivers (South of Rhine, Waal and Maas). Traditions are different (for example: Carnaval is intensively celebrated in Brabant and Limburg to disappears lowly going further North).
Also the fact that Limburg and Brabant belonged for a while to the Bourgondian empire, the influence on lifestyle (more lossened up, informal in stead of formal and especially reckognisable in the kitchen!) was considerable.
Travelling through both significant parts of The Netherlands (not many do) one should try to find out more about it. one will be amazed abuot how different tow parts of such a small country can be. It always has intregued me, maybe it intrests you too?
The famous two harmonic orchestra's of Thorn
The royal harmonic orchestra and the one named Saint Michael are the two musical groups that devide the Thorn inhabitants in two groups already for centuries. Both are of quite high classification and tour through The Netherlands, but also through Europe. The goats and the bocks they are nicknamed and once belonging to one of them ... you will be always!
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