31.08.2020 Events, History

Manneken-Pis, symbol of Brussels, dressed in the colors of the Solidarność movement, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the agreements of August 1980.

At the initiative of the Polish Institute in Brussels, on August 31, the day marking the signing of the August agreements between the government and striking workers at the Gdansk Shipyard, and on the 40th anniversary of the creation in Poland of the civil “Solidarity” movement Manneken-Pis – the most famous symbol in Brussels – was temporarily disguised as a worker at the Gdansk Shipyard.

The costume of the Polish shipyard worker can be found every day in the Museum of Costumes Manneken-Pis belonging to the City of Brussels. In 2005, as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Solidarność”, Manneken-Pis wore for the first time this symbolic workers’ outfit with the ribbon of Solidarność symbol of the strikers, and the Polish flag.
The Manneken-Pis is the most visited object in Brussels (both by Belgians and tourists). themselves) and one of the most important tourist spots in the city.

Traditionally dressed in costumes commemorating the most important Belgian anniversaries and celebrations quʼinternationales.
Dressing the boy’s figurine in different costumes is a good Brussels custom. known for centuries. The Manneken-Pis, which hundreds of tourists take in a photo every day, is often dressed in a commemorative costume to commemorate historical anniversaries. It had its first disguise in 1698 and today it counts more than 1000 suits in his wardrobe.



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