French traditions. Valentine’s Day.
In February we have the traditional Valentine’s day for all lovers of the world. The best place to take your sweetest second half to on that special day could be Moulin Rouge in Paris, whatever our Italian friends could say (yes, there is a tough competition between Italy and France for the most romantic cities of the world, but you certainly know that there is nothing like the French lovers).
The « Moulin Rouge » in Paris
This meeting is an opportunity to enjoy the first rays of the sun. Duringtwoweeks, the city of Colmar, is a meeting for eating and drinking all regionalproducts (for exemple pig, beer, wine...).The city isdecoratedwith a lot of flowers and colors…
Called Pâques in France, this is a very important time for the French, who have a strong Christian, and especially Catholic, background. According to tradition, no church bells are rung on the Thursday before Good Friday and remain silent for several days, until on Easter Sunday, they revive.
French children are told that the Flying Bells leave on the Thursday before Good Friday, taking with them all the grief and misery of mourners of Christ's crucifixion, reaching Rome to see the Pope and then come back on Easter Sunday morning bearing chocolate easter eggs, which are hidden around houses and gardens for children to find.
This is the name used for the French Easter Fish and also comes in a chocolate version. An age-old tradition however, that dates back several centuries, involving the Poisson d'Avril, takes place on April 1st. The great joke is for children to make fish of paper and pin as many as possible to the backs of adults, then run gleefully away yelling “Poisson d'Avril!!”, which is a little like saying “April Fools!”
The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.
St-Jean’sfires are a christian party wichlasts all night long on the 24th Juneeachyear. According to the beliefs, the party is made for staying far awayfrom the devil.