Procession of the Holy Blood 2024
Every year on Our Lord's Assumption, the Procession of the Holy Blood passes through Bruges' historic city centre. The Procession of the Holy Blood originated in 1304 as an expression of gratitude and faith. The dominant theme is the remembrance of the suffering of Jesus Christ. Biblical stories form the basis of the procession. Thematically, the Holy Blood Procession is divided into four parts. The evocation begins with the Old Testament, from Creation to Rorate. Next comes the New Testament, from the Nativity in Bethlehem to Pentecost. The third part recounts how the relic of the Holy Blood ended up in Bruges. In the last part, members of the Noble Brotherhood of the Holy Blood accompany the shrine in which the precious relic is stored.
Over 1,800 participants sing, make music, dance and act. The style of the procession recalls the Burgundian era when guilds, crafts, brotherhoods and chambers of rhetoric were responsible for the interpretation of the scenes. In 2024, the procession will pass through the streets on Thursday 9 May 2024 from 2.30pm (start at the Dijver). You can sit anywhere along the route for free. You can also choose to reserve a place on a bench or grandstand for a fee.
The Procession of the Holy Blood follows this route in 2024: Dijver – Gruuthusestraat – Guido Gezelleplein – Mariastraat – Simon Stevinplein – Steenstraat – Zuidzandstraat – ’t Zand – Hauwerstraat – Maagdenstraat – Smedenstraat – ‘t Zand – Noordzandstraat – Geldmuntstraat – Markt.
The Holy Blood Procession is on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO World Heritage).