The Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is preparing for “La Rentrée des Classes”. On September 2nd, every school in France will officially re-open its doors for the new school year.
Category: French Traditions
Is there an etiquette to observe when inviting French friends over for aperitif? Cindy, our guest blogger, having recently arrived in France, has discovered that there is.
Muguet, or Lily of the Valley, is very popular in France on 1st May each year. It is offered as a gift to friends and loved ones to wish them good luck,
The Fête du Travail (Labour day) is the first of the official holidays in May. This public holiday celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement, and is also the day when Lily of the Valley (Muguets) are given to friends and family.
There is a tradition in France that says all the church bells go to Rome for Easter, and that on their return they drop small chocolate bells, chickens and rabbits in gardens. More about the French Easter traditions.
It is believed that the observation of April Fool’s Day began in France when Charles IX changed the calender in 1564. People who still celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1st became the ‘butt’ of many jokes and were called ‘Poisson d’Avril’ (April Fish).