Celebration of the Golden Spurs in West-Vlaanderen in 2020

Celebration of the Golden Spurs in West-Vlaanderen in 2020
  How long until Celebration of the Golden Spurs?
This holiday next takes place in 292 days.
  Dates of Celebration of the Golden Spurs in West-Vlaanderen
2020 Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2019 Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2018 Wed, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2017 Tue, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2016 Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
  Summary
In 1302 the French king Philip IV of France dispatched an army to punish the rebellious Flemish towns, led by Bruges.

When is the Celebration of the Golden Spurs?

This holiday is always celebrated on July 11th. It marks a significant victory by the Flemish over the French in a battle in 1302.

History of the Celebration of the Golden Spurs

In 1302 the French king Philip IV of France dispatched an army to punish the rebellious Flemish towns, led by Bruges.

Earlier that year Philip IV had annexed Flanders. The Flemish rebelled and attacked the French governor of Flanders.

The French army was composed of about 8,000 knights and infantry. The Flemish army consisted of a militia force of 9,000 infantrymen.

The two forces clashed on July 11th 1302 on a field just outside the Flemish city of Kortrijk. The French were totally defeated.

The commander of the French army, Robert II of Arlois was surrounded and killed on the battlefield. At least a thousand French knights were killed in the battle and number of the golden spurs collected from the field was so large as to gave the battle its name.

In the 19th century, the battle was romanticised by Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience in his book The Lion of Flanders and the Battle of the Golden Spurs became a symbol of the struggle for Flemish recognition in the French-dominated Belgian State.

On July 6th 1973, a law was passed that established the flag, anthem and the day of the Dutch Cultural Community.

How is the Celebration of the Golden Spurs celebrated?

Private employers are not required to award a day's holiday; however, the institutions of the Flemish Government and public employers observe this holiday.

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