Festivals in MonsEdit This
On the same day as the Car d'Or procession, the famous 'Lumeçon' battle - also called the Doudou Festival - takes place in Mons. The battle is based on the story of Saint George slaying the dragon. In 1380 a fellowship called 'Dieu et Monseigneur Georges' (God and Sire George) was founded. Its aim was to preserve the veneration of Saint Georges and, for the members of the fellowship to accompany his relic shrine during the annual procession of the Car D'Or. To illustrate Saint George's battle against evil, a play during which the dragon was killed became part of the entire Trinity procession in Mons. Saint Georges, dressed with a yellow helmet and white pants, is accompanied by helpers (les Chinchins). The green dragon is made of willow branches, and its tail is a young tree. It is 9.5 meters long and weighs about 180 Kg.