Leuven Local Customs

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  • 1. Fair

    Leuven Fair is maybe one of the nicest occasion in the city, but it would not be nice to visit at that time. The Fair (Kermis) is held in front of the Library building, the one of most nicest...

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  • 2. Jef Lambeaux has roots here

    The man who sculpted Brabo fountain on Antwerp's Grote Markt and some pieces in Brussels' Petit Sablon area (Kleine Zavel) has roots in Leuven, dixit our...

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  • 3. Town-wide Snowball Fights

    Although the winters in Leuven are cold, damp and dark, it generally does not snow. In my year living in this city, there was only one snowfall. It was great....

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  • 4. TJOKOLATEKE

    Like on so many airports also in Leuven it is a good custom to bring your friends or relatives some chocolat for their good health! In Belgium you can find...

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  • 5. Annual Carnival

    The annual carnival in Leuven is held the first three weeks of September. It is mainly held on the Ladeuze square and adjacent H. Hoover square, but also on the...

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  • 6. Bilingual street signs

    On quite a few street corners in Leuven, you'll see a secondary plaque underneath the street name sign with a totally different name on it. This is the name of...

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  • 7. Go to a bakery on Sunday morning

    Belgians are fairly old fashioned when it comes to their "guaranteed off-day" : Sunday.It's a typical day for family visits/activities, dining out, or just...

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  • 8. Buskers

    Well you have them everywhere of course, but during weekends and when the weather permits, you'll see plenty of buskers throughout the city center. Some of...

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  • 9. If not you, your kids may need this :)

    Somewhere where to sit when you have a very urgent need. Very often, public toilets are not that clean. I tried the ones at some train stations and they were...

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  • 10. Bi-lingual streetsigns

    I noticed that many streets had two signs with different names on them, one with the official one, the other in local dialect. Sometimes this is a translation...

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  • 11. BEERFESTIVAL

    Once in the five years a beerfestival happens in Leuven.This year 2003 its in the weekend of 7 and 8 june.On 8 june a parade goes trow the city.In this parade...

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  • 12. The balloon of friendship.

    In Leuven, every man born in the same year is in a foundation, named after the year.So the men born in 1954 are in the foundation 1954.Every year, on the second...

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  • 13. The story of Fiere Margriet

    The story of Fiere Margriet is the story of a young girl, who was been wraped and murderd.After she was murdered, the bandits throw her body in the water.But...

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