Celebration of the Golden Spurs around the world in 2022

Celebration of the Golden Spurs around the world in 2022

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  Dates of Celebration of the Golden Spurs around the world
2022 BelgiumJul 11
Antwerpen Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Limburg Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Oost-Vlaanderen Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Vlaams-Brabant Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
West-Vlaanderen Mon, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2021 BelgiumJul 11
Antwerpen Sun, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Limburg Sun, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Oost-Vlaanderen Sun, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Vlaams-Brabant Sun, Jul 11Regional Holiday
West-Vlaanderen Sun, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2020 BelgiumJul 11
Antwerpen Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Limburg Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Oost-Vlaanderen Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Vlaams-Brabant Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
West-Vlaanderen Sat, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2019 BelgiumJul 11
Antwerpen Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Limburg Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Oost-Vlaanderen Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Vlaams-Brabant Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
West-Vlaanderen Thu, Jul 11Regional Holiday
2018 BelgiumJul 11
Antwerpen Wed, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Limburg Wed, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Oost-Vlaanderen Wed, Jul 11Regional Holiday
Vlaams-Brabant Wed, Jul 11Regional Holiday
West-Vlaanderen Wed, 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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