King's Feast

King's Feast Quick Facts

AKA NameDynasty Day, Feast of the Dynasty Day, Koningsdag
Hashtags#LikeAKing, #MiddleLandsFest
2019 Date15 November 2019
2020 Date15 November 2020
King's Feast

King's Feast History

The King’s Feast serves to celebrate, preserve and remember the unique culture of the Kingdom of Belgium. It is a night of gastronomical Belgian delights, artistic performances and renowned Belgian beer. The King’s Feast is not a national holiday in Belgium, though many government offices are closed.

The King’s feast is celebrated on 15 November, a day that commemorates the feast of Saint Leopold and the Feast of Saint Albert, in the German Liturgical and Roman Catholic calendars. It has been celebrated annually since 1866, when Leopold II declared it. Since the birth of the Belgian State, 3 of 7 kings have been named Leopold and another two, Albert.

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King's Feast Facts & Quotes

  • It is tradition that the King and Queen will not attend the King’s Feast. The custom is that they should not be seen to celebrate themselves. In their stead, other royal family members attend.
  • Belgium’s first two kings, its fourth and its current king, were all called Leopold. The third and fifth kings were named Albert.
  • Belgium’s German speaking municipalities also celebrate this day, despite the fact that most of the area was transferred to Belgium under the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.
  • The terms Dynasty Day and Feast of the Dynasty were used, and in some cases are still used loosely. The correct name was confirmed in a circular letter to the nation in 1953.
  • I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less travelled. – Paula Poundstone, Actress, comedian, and commentator.

King's Feast Top Events and Things to Do

  • Feast! If you are lucky enough to attend the official feast dinner, then you should certainly attend, however, if you, like most people, cannot attend, get together with family and friends and hold a feast for yourselves. Don't forget the Belgian beer.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #KingsFeast, #BelgiumFeasts and#Feast.
  • Attend the Te Deum Mass at Saint Michel Cathedral in Brussels. The King’s parents and siblings will be in attendance.
  • Join the Belgians in a toast to their king. It is customary for Belgians to each say a toast to their king. Usually they take a group picture before and feast afterwards.
  • Watch a movie with a scene involving a great feast. Some of our favourites are: Babette’s Feast (1987), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001).

King's Feast References and Related Sites

Kings Day
Koningsdag

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