Coronation newsletter 26- month of December 2023

Our best wishes

new year
With our 26th Coronation Newsletter, we are in the final days of the year 2023. The year that many Tongans will later remember as the year of the 19th edition of the Kroningsfeesten. An edition with 3300 participants of which the youngest was barely a month and the oldest 89.
It was an edition that will be talked about for a long time to come. Certainly also because of a last Coronation Sunday when rain and thunderstorms respectfully bowed to the Cause of Our Joy and the efforts of so many Greater Tongans. The great solidarity of so many people both in front of and behind the scenes ensured this unique result. The Coronation Committee, at the end of this Coronation year, would like to thank everyone once again. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and hopefully peaceful 2024.

Christmas in Tongeren

Also in 2023, the Friends of the Nativity guarantee a beautiful Christmas village in the basilica. During Advent, this village was adapted every Advent Sunday. Quite a few children already paid a visit. 1 class even had the privilege of spending the night at the nativity scene. Be sure to come and have another look. Click on "read more" to get an impression of what to expect. This year the Basilica Tower is also festively illuminated. It evokes memories of Coronation Week.

Tongeren spreads peace light throughout Limburg

Every year in early December, a child ignites the Peace Light in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Then this light travels by plane to Austria without extinguishing the flame. Then people pass the light to each other all over Europe and meanwhile far beyond. More than ever, this desire for peace is topical. For the sixth year in a row, the peace light was sent from

Looking for another original gift?

Coronation film
How about the Coronation film of procession and evening play 2023. An unforgettable coronation year captured in 3 hours of film. In these end-of-year days, an ideal gift to reminisce about this unforgettable week from July 2 to 9. Carrier of the film this time is a USB stick so that the Coronation film can be played on TV as well as on PC or tablet. To purchase this Coronation film tap click here.

Interesting Coronation Articles

Fig. 7 -1939
In December, the latest issue of Tongeren Annals 2023 was published. This journal of the Royal Limburg Historical and Archaeological Society of Tongeren (KLGOG) contains 4 Coronation articles. The first shows three unpublished photographs of the coronation of the statue of grace of Our Lady on Aug. 31, 1890. This coronation was the basis for the creation of the Kroningsfeesten. The second article deals with coronation celebrations and the related stamps and flag stamps. The third article is entitled "Raf Verjans and the

Will you become a Friend of Coronation 2030?

Organizing Kroningsfeesten is only possible when many people join hands. There is also a need for sufficient financial resources. This is why the Coronation Committee started the "Friends of the Coronation" a few Coronation editions ago. Under the motto "many little ones make one big" we invite everyone to join the "Friends of the Coronation 2030". Joining can be done by depositing a minimum of 7 euros per month. 7 euros per month is

Euregio : Coronation gives presidency to Hasselt

231202 euregio committee in Tongeren
At a meeting in Tongeren, the chairmanship of the Euregio Working Group of the 7-Year Celebrations was passed on to Hasselt. Since its founding in 1982 there has been a rotating presidency. The committee where the next 7-year feasts will take place |

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