FESTIVAL OF THE MONONK OR SIMPELOURD
The main character of the "Ducasse" in Soignies is the Simpélourd, (simple and heavy), or also known by the people of Soignies as Mononk, (My Uncle). This popular figure used to be the symbol of a cheated husband and was taken by the "compagnons de goguette" (drinking companions), through the town to be ridiculed. Today, he represents the happy-go-lucky, cheerful and jokey image of a person of Soignies. Simpélourd will appear on the Saturday at the Soignies station. From there, he will be taken through the town in full view of everyone to the Place Verte. The effigy of Simpélourd will then be hung from one of the windows in the Place Verte where he will stay until the end of the celebrations of the "Ducasse", after which, he will be burnt after confessing his crimes.
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Tourist information on the town SOIGNIES