Festival of Giants
The small town of Douai in northern France has a wonderful event in the annual Festival of the Giants, held for three days every July. The festival dates back to the 16th century when local basket makers created huge wicker figures called 'Gayants' to celebrate the victory of the Spanish (who then ruled Flanders) over the French. It was banned for over a hundred years after the territory was claimed by the French, but has been revived, and today you can see the figures, ranging three to nine metres tall, parading down the main streets of Douai. The Gayant family are paraded every year and include the 8.5 meter tall father, his equally enormous wife, and their three children, all made from wicker. UNESCO has recognised the cultural significance of the event and, although similar festivals are held in other parts of Europe, the small town of Douai is renowned to throw one of the best festivals of this kind. The festival atmosphere also attracts stalls and artists to the town.
Date: July 2013 TBA