De Fiertel procession


Mentally ill believers from every corner of the country came to Ronse on pilgrimage, hoping to be cured by St Hermes, throughout the Middle Ages. The condition for receiving a cure was some physical austerity in return. This is the origin of the Fiertel Procession, an annual 32.6 km walk. The reliquary of St Hermes is carried in a wide circle around the city on Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost).

The Fiertel Procession was added to the list of immaterial cultural heritage of Flanders in 2009.

Fiertel dates

  • Sunday 12 June 2022
  • Sunday 4 June 2023
  • Sunday 26 May 2024
  • Sunday 15 June 2025