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Cultural life in Belgium: folklore and traditions-4

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This stamp is dedicated to the Hopduvelfeesten in Asse.

The Hopduvel (Hopdevil) represents the storm that often hit Asse-Ternat at the end of the month of August. The hop vine crop, which was almost ready for harvest, could be severely damaged if the hop vines were knocked to the ground. It is thought that the 'hopduvel' was invented by the hop farmers to personify this danger and was institutionalised by the founder of the "Hopduvelfeesten" (Hop Devil Festival), Eugeen Van den Broeck.

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