I am Jewish, and I live in the Midwest, and that is awkward. Eleven months out of the year, this is a non-issue.
French Traditions The Ringing of the Bells Churches, with their soaring architecture and revered history, are an intrinsic part of the French culture.
It makes sense then, that these very same churches are central to Easter celebrations. The tradition begins on Maundy Thursday, before Good Friday. On this day, all the bells in France remain still and silent in remembrance of Jesus' passing.
As one might imagine, this is quite a somber remembrance, and one that's made all the more acute because the church bells typically ring out joyously at different times of the day. To ease the discomfort or any fears of the children, parents tell them that all the church bells have flown off to Rome to visit the Pope.
Luckily, this silence is fairly short lived; when Easter morning dawns, the bells ring out once more to rejoice in Jesus' resurrection. Much of the French community takes joy in this, fanning out into the streets, shouting boisterous greetings to neighbors, and giving warm hugs and kisses to those they know.
Poisson D'Avril Chocolate plays a pivotal role during Easter in France, but not just in the form of melt-in-your-mouth eggs and rabbits. Here, you'll also find chocolate fish! While there is no direct correlation between the chocolate fish and Easter, you will often find chocolate fish in stores around Easter time because of its close proximity to the holiday.
The chocolate fish usually begin appearing in the shops on April 1, just in time for April Fool's Day, and all the fun and games that surround that day! In one such game, the children play a trick on the adults by sticking a paper fish on the backs of as many adults as possible.
When the adults turn to see what's going on, the children squeal in delight, and run away yelling, "Poisson d'Avril! French Chocolatiers During Easter, the candy shops, or confiseries, are usually filled with beautiful and delicious chocolates in the shape of eggs, and bunnies.
More often than not, these chocolates look more like exquisite works of art than candy, and much like peering at a masterpiece, many a Parisian can be found staring into the windows at the chocolate. Alongside these intricately decorated eggs and bunnies, one can also find chocolate bells.
These "flying" bells directly correlate to the resurrection of Jesus, and with the end of Lent.
Easter Games While it's true that Easter is a joy for both young and old alike, it's the children in particular who seem to have the most fun. It's in this spirit that French children delight in Easter games. One such game involves rolling raw eggs down a gentle slope. The egg that makes it down the slop, without breaking, is declared the victor.
Many believe that this game symbolizes the stone that rolled away from Jesus' tomb when it was discovered that he had risen. The second game involves tossing uncooked eggs into the air.
The first child to drop and break his egg is the loser, who must then give up some of his candy to another child. However, in some versions of this game, there is no such penalty. The Monday following Easter Sunday is a traditional holiday, in both France and in many other countries Guyana, Hungary and Hong Kong, just to name a few.
Obviously, as a holiday, adults do not have to go to work and children stay home from school. During this day, it is common to see many of the children playing some of the games listed above. Food, of course, plays a large role in the many French holidays, and Easter is no exception.
What can one expect to find on dinner plates throughout France during this holiday?
Try succulent rack of lamba soup of some sort, like onion soup, lots of fresh bread, and of course, delicious hot cross buns. Putting It All Together From the delicious chocolate, to the magnificent churches, to the fun children's games, it's easy to see that Easter is quite a celebration in France.Christmas in the United States of America The United States of America has many different traditions and ways that people celebrate Christmas, because of its multi-cultural nature.
Many customs are similar to ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Mexico. It\'s Christmastime!There\'s a festive spirit in the air, Christmas songs can be heard everywhere, and the weather just makes you feel like staying at home with some chocolat chaud.
I love cultural differences 🙂 I am both French and Canadian and I think French Christmas are more similar to British Christmas than to N.
American Christmas. I find that in Canada, it’s really all about buying toys, while in France there is still a strong family eating together/food tradition.
The culture of France and of the French people has been shaped by geography, by profound historical events, and by foreign and internal forces and groups.
France, and in particular Paris, has played an important role as a centre of high culture since the 17th century and from the 19th century on, worldwide. From the late 19th century, France has also played an important role in cinema, fashion. Culture French Christmas Traditions. Christmas in France is a holiday spent with family and wonderful food.
Nowhere is the importance of dinning in French culture more evident than at Christmas.
Soup or stew? What is the difference between soup and stew? On the most basic level there is no absolute difference. Like ancient pottage, both soup and stew descend from economical, easy, healthy, forgiving, and locally sourced family feeds.