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Since what year is the "Meyboom" being planted, the mythical tree from Brussels folklore?

Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA) - Did you know ? - 08/08/2017

Answer: 1307

The planting of the maypole (or maytree) is a typically Brussels popular event that dates back to the 13th century.

It celebrates the victory against the city of Leuven in 1213 by the bowmen of the St Lawrence company that defended the Brussels honor.

The event takes place on the 9th of August each year, in the "slums" of the town centre.

In order to respect the tradition, a procession of Brussels folklore groups, brass bands and giants (the "Poepedroegers") in front must plant a young beech tree, cut at dawn in the La Cambre forest, before 17 o'clock on the same day at the corner of rue du Marais and rue des Sables.

Most of the undaunted tree carriers, the so-called "Bûûmdroegers", live in Schaerbeek and Saint-Josse, and are assisted by the Brussels "Gardevils" in protecting the tree from possible malevolent attacks by jealous Leuveners.

The "Meyboom" has been recognised by Unesco as oral and intangible heritage of humanity.