Gypsies gather to mourn godfather's death

28th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Some 250 gypsies gathered along the E40 motorway in Groot-Bijgaarden on Friday to mourn the death of their godfather.

28 July 2006

BRUSSELS — Some 250 gypsies gathered along the E40 motorway in Groot-Bijgaarden on Friday to mourn the death of their godfather.

The gypsies were all members of the Modest family, one of the largest gypsy families in Belgium. The family has lived in Belgium for hundreds of years.

Some 60 caravans were counted at the gathering on the E40 as the family gathered for three days of mourning following the death of their godfather, Jean Baudain, on Thursday.

"And when such a godfather dies, it is logical that the entire family comes together and important people from other clans are expected," gypsy expert Wolf Bruggen said.

Dilbeek police were receiving complaints on Friday relating to nuisance problems, but no houses are situated in the direct vicinity of the parking area.

Godfather Baudain had 12 children, 100 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren. He was a car and scrap iron trader and has bequeathed various properties.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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