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- Posted:Friday, November 6, 2009
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It's not called 'silent' for nothing and one of the defining characteristics of this festival activity is that it is done in total quiet, with no loud prayers or songs. If you think you might be walking all night though, don't worry too much as it takes around an hour to complete the circuit, although it does take place between midnight and 04:00 local time so be sure to wrap up warm. March is barely just out of winter, remember.
Apparently, the march began many moons ago in 1345, with a man suffering from a serious illness laid up in bed. After he had been administered the Host by a priest, he was sick everywhere and his vomit was then thrown on the fire. As legend goes, the next day the Host was found in the ashes completely intact, whereupon it was removed to the church. But the Host somehow managed to find its way back to the house on two other occasions, eventually leading to a chapel being built on site.
Also, don't forget to check out the postcard exhibition that I mentioned in a previous blog while you're on holiday in Amsterdam - I really want to know what it's like!
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