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Traditions - General Info

Happy Mothers Day flowers

Mothers Day – Fete des Meres – Tradition

The French have been celebrating Mothers Day – Fête des Mères on the last Sunday in May since 1929 to honour the women who lost a son or husband in WWI

Labour Day - May Day - Lily of the Valley

Labour Day – Premier May – Fete du Muguet

International Labour Day celebrates the 8-hour working day obtained in 1886 and coincides with May Day when French greet each others with lily of the valley

Mardi Gras masks

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – Shrove Tuesday

The Carnival of Mardi Gras is celebrated at a different date each year but always on the first day of Lent with fancy dress parties and loads of pancakes

Fathers day

Fathers Day – Fete des Peres – Tradition

French Fathers Day was institutionalized in 1952 but has never been formalized even if it is traditionally celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June

Epiphany - The Three Wise Men

Epiphany – Christian Celebration – January

The Epiphany celebrates the Revelation of God in the form of Jesus Christ and takes place on the 12th day after Christmas with the sharing of the Kings Cake

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

How to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport

How to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport

Discover how to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport using one of the three main means of transport, taxi, fast train RER and bus
Buses from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris - Roissybus

Buses from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

Direct buses from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris are a fast and economical means of transport while standard public buses are the cheapest but slowest
Express train RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

Express train RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

Express train RER, a fast, reliable, easy to use and good value for money means of transport from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the centre of Paris
How to get a taxi to Paris from Charles de gaulle Airport

How to get a taxi to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport

Basic tips and general information on the various taxis options on offer to get from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to the centre of Paris

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