Mongolia is the guest of honor of this year’s Winter Wonders, a major pre-Christmas event organized every year in Brussels’ city center in Belgium.
Manneken-Pis, the symbol of Brussels folklore, wore a new deel, the traditional clothing of Mongolia, for the opening of the event on November 25 and 26. Ambassador of Mongolia to Belgium O.Och, Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close and other city officials attended the opening.
Manneken-Pis will wear the costume again on December 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., according to the event planner.
A “Mongolian Village” has been set up at the center of Winter Wonders to promote arts and crafts and other products made in Mongolia, as well as allow locals to taste Mongolian food while watching Mongolian artists perform. Wool and cashmere producers, tourism companies and restaurants are exhibiting their products at the event, according to the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mongolia.
“Mongolian gers have been set up in Brussels. This shows that no matter how far or close, Mongolians strive to bring their traditions and cultures closer to Europeans and foreigners and spread positive and correct understanding about their home country,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Relations noted.
Winter Wonder is an annual event held before and during the Christmas holidays with enchanting rendezvous, colorful stalls for stocking up on gifts and treats within a two-kilometer trail, original food tastings, sound and light shows, and attractions including merry-go-rounds on Place Sainte-Catherine, the large wheel, and ice rink at Marche aux Poissons.
This year, Brussel officials paid special attention to its decorations to create “an enchanting and magical setting that can be seen from the satellite”.