mass said on the anniversary of the foundation of a
See also:church and in
See also:honour of the
See also:patron, the word being
See also:equivalent to " Kirkmass." Such celebrations were regularly held in the Low Countries and also in
See also:northern France, and were accompanied by feasting, dancing and sports of all kinds . They still survive, but are now practically nothing more than
See also:country fairs and the old allegorical representations are uncommon . The Brussels
See also:Kermesse is, however, still marked by a procession in which the
See also:effigies of the Mannikin and
See also:medieval heroes are carried . At
See also:Mons the Kermesse occurs annually on Trinity
See also:Sunday and is called the procession of Lumegon (Walloon for limacon, a
See also:snail): the hero is Gilles de
See also:Chin, who slays a terrible
See also:monster, captor of a princess, in the
See also:Grand Place . This is the
See also:story of
See also:George and the
See also:Dragon . At Hasselt the Kermesse (now only septennial) not only commemorates the Christian story of the foundation of the
See also:town, but even preserves traces of a
See also:pagan festival . The word Kermesse (generally in the
See also:form " Kirmess ") is applied in the
See also:United States to any entertainment, especially one organized in the
See also:interest of charity . See
See also:Demetrius C . Boulger, Belgian
See also:Life in Town and Country (1904) .
KERMES (Arab. girmiz; see CRIMSON)
JAN HENDRIK KERN (1833– )
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