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Traditions - General Info

Easter Eggs

Easter – Eggs Bells and Bunnies – Tradition

Easter celebration takes place on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25 and commemorates the Resurrection of Christ on the third day after The Passion

Christmas presents

Christmas Presents – Origins and Meaning

The tradition of giving Christmas presents is a symbolic reminder of the gifts the Three Wise Men gave to the Newborn Jesus

Christmas Banquet - Yule Log

Christmas Banquet – Reveillon Noel – Origin

French traditionally serve a stuffed goose or turkey and a Yule Log or Bûche de Noël during the Christmas Banquet or Réveillon de Noël

Republican Guards 1st Infantry parade on Bastille Day

Bastille Day after the French Revolution

Bastille Day commemorates the Fête de la Fédération which took place on 14/07/1790 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the storming of the Bastille Fortress

French pancakes for Candlemas

Candlemas Day – Chandeleur – Pancake Day

Chandeleur or Candlemas Day is a liturgical feast which celebrates the anniversary of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple 40 days after Christmas

Halloween pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin – Origin and Tradition

The tradition of the carved Halloween pumpkin celebrates the memory of lost souls and has its origins in the old Irish legend of Jack O’ Lantern

Christmas Tree decorations

Christmas Tree Decorations – Origin – Meaning

The tradition of the Christmas Tree originated from the Northern Europe myth of the Sacred Tree whose colour coded decorations have a specific symbolism

Christmas Plants - Holly berries

Christmas Plants – Symbolism and Origins

Poinsettia, holly, Mistletoe and Ivy are the four traditional Christmas plants whose Pagan symbolism was adopted and transposed by the Christians

White bread

Bread, a basic nutrient in the French diet

Bread has been part of the French diet for millennia but the art of baking leavened bread was imported from Mediterranean countries during the Middle Ages

Advent wreath

Advent Christian Festival – Jesus’ Birth

Advent Festival starts the 4th Sunday before Christmas, it last four weeks and is celebrated with a wreath and candles which all carry specific symbolism

French Tricolour

French Tricolour – History and meaning

History and meaning of the colours of the French Tricolour, the national emblem of the French Republic which was designed during the French Revolution
La Marseillaise - French Revolution

La Marseillaise – France’s national anthem

Rouget de Lisle composed La Marseillaise, France's official anthem in 1792 and originally called it "Chant de Guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin à Strasbourg"
Coq Gaulois, emblem of France

Coq Gaulois, a French symbol

Coq Gaulois, the French rooster, an animal known for its pugnacity, courage and passion, is the uncontested symbol of France throughout the world
European Heritage Days

European Heritage Days in France

European Heritage Days, a cultural event that brings together 50 European states, and always takes place in France on the 3rd weekend of September

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