A special giant Saint-Nicolas makes visits in French Flanders. The huge figures are made of wicker, wood, leather and fabric. Saint-Nicolas, 5 m high and weighing 180 kg. was constructed in 1996. He rides on a huge donkey (2 m 50) that is munching on a giant carrot. It takes six carriers to make Saint-Nicolas dance as he moves along. The tradition of giant figures is rooted in the 16th century when the Counter-Reformation encouraged spectacular religious processions. Saint-Nicolas appears in four towns.