On April 1st of every year, Brielle has "MEDIEVAL DAYS" . The festival celebrates when Brielle was the first town to be liberated from 80 years of Spanish occupation (April 1, 1572). The liberators were on board the "Prince Admirael" a replica of which is moored in the Brielle harbour. A re-enactment of that liberation takes place and Brielle locals dress up in the costume of that period. A fun time is had by all.
There've been quite a few VT members that came to visit me at home.
Click the links to read what they had to say about their visit to Brielle!
Thank you guys for all your lovely comments!
lyndseyfenwick asked a question in the Brielle forum and now also lives in Brielle!
Stefank60 came to Brielle on a rainy visit in June 2007.
pieter_jan_v in 2006
Kennetrose in 2002
Waalewiener in 2005? on a second visit with his wife LoriPori
Now Rixie came and brought her husband and 2 lovely daughters with her.
cuckoo came to visit me with her VT-husband Danny and as we met a few years before, it was as if we just left off where we started.
In 2002 I organised a VT meeting in Rotterdam where I met piggy73 and her husband. Both came to my birthday 6 months later while they were living in Eindhoven.
Mique came to show her newborn son Xenne on Febr. 7. 2008, and what a lovely little boy he is!
On April 1st 2008, Angiebabe came to visit me and experience the historical re-enactment of the liberation of Brielle in 1572. She made some excellent photos!
nepalgoods came to stay for 3 nights in November 2008 and we both had a mini-holiday around my town, Rotterdam and Veere.
Written by Schooleman in 1934 and sung every year on April 1st.
1. In naam van Oranje, doe open de poort!
De Watergeus ligt aan den wal;
De vlootvoogd der Geuzen, hij maakt geen akkoord,
Hij vordert Den Briel of uw val.
Dat is het bevel van Lumey, op mijn eer,
En burgers, hier baat nu geen tegenstand meer!
|: De Watergeus komt om Den Briel! :|
2. De vloot is met vijfduizend koppen bemand,
De mannen zijn kloek en vol vuur.
Een ogenblik nog, en zij stappen aan land,
Zij wachten bericht binnen 't uur!
Gij moogt dus niet dralen, doe open de poort!
Dan nemen de Geuzen terstond, zonder moord,
|: Bezit van de vesting Den Briel! :|
3. Komt, geeft de verzeek'ring, 'k moet spoedig terug,
De klok heeft het uur reeds gemeld.
Ik zeg u, geeft gij mij de sleutels niet vlug,
Dan is reeds uw vonnis geveld!
De wakkere Geuzen staan tandknersend daar;
Zij wetten hun zwaarden en maken zich klaar!
|: En zweren "De dood of Den Briel!" :|
4. Hier dringt men naar buiten, daar schuilt men bijeen,
En spreekt over Kopelstoks last:
"De stad in hun handen of anders den dood.."
't Besluit tot het eerste staat vast!
Maar nauw'lijks is hiermee de veerman gevleid
Of Simon de Rijk heeft de poort gerammeid!
|: En zoo kwam de Geus in Den Briel! :|
On April 1st of each year, Brielle shows itself in medieval style.
On this date Brielle was the first Dutch town to be liberated from 80 year Spanish Occupation.
Here the "Geuzen" (Sea beggars) crash open the city gate.
Ah, this is mayor Koekebakker of Brielle (1572), who cohorted with the Spanish oppressors and raised a 10% tax on everything in town.
He is put into a cage along with those catholic monks and nuns and taken along the streets in a cage for everyone to see and be shamed.
This festival takes place every 1st of April in Brielle, hometown of ATLC.
Kennetrose came in 2003 to enjoy this historical event and hopefully she'll have a page up soon.
Everyone dresses up in the costume of the time and chooses the role of citizen, Spaniard, monk, Sea Begger (Geus)... the costume shows which side you are on!
Traditionally, brown beans with bacon are cooked on the street and eaten that day.
Now the point is that you look silly if you are in ordinary clothes. A potato sack and a hankerchief will do, some old shoes or clogs and the effect is amazing!
Now I would like to show you a picture of the thousands of people that come to see all this. Unfortunately a familiar situation arises: I will have to FIND some pictures.
Hope you enjoyed this though.
The Guild of The Bellringers in Brielle has a long historical tradition. Wehn I visited Anke Thea, who is a member of the Klokkenluiders Gild, I was lucky to see her ringing the Bell. This bell is in the Townhall of Brielle, the ringing will happan on certain days and times. When I watched Anke-Thea I recognized, that ringing the bell is very hard work.
The mentioned webpage is under construction (June 2009).
One of the favourite local customs is to eat some delicious herring. The fun way to eat it, is to hold it up, as Hans is doing, tilt your head back and slide it in. Yum yum. I think I will pass.