The traditional dress of both men and women in Belgium is based on that of France, which was impacted by the French occupation during World War II. Men commonly wear smocks and berets, whereas Belgian ladies choose the traditional huntress clothing. The outfit, which is now worn as a wedding gown, has ties and sleeves with Celtic-edged trimming that are embellished with beads in vibrant colours.
Boys in Belgium wore gowns until the 1900s, and before the 19th century, both men and boys wore tunics. Pantalettes were frequently worn by boys with both skirts and tunics. The nineteenth century saw the rise in popularity of men’s tailored suits.
At the many festivals held in Belgium, including the Cat Festival in Ypres, Belgian traditional attire is frequently donned. In the Middle Ages, rats were a major problem in the town. Cats were introduced into the township to eliminate the rodent problem.
However, the number of cats increased almost as quickly as the number of rats. So people started throwing the felines from the highest buildings. The stuffed toy cat reenactment is today’s festival’s main attraction.
Belgium, which is situated in the centre of Europe, is regarded as a low country since a large portion of its terrain is below sea level. The two largest ethnic groups in Belgium are the Walloons and the Flemish.
Belgian traditional skills include ceramic design and lace marking. Both youngsters and adults can find amusement in puppetry.