Celebrating Easter in France is very much a part of the French culture, and many of the French Easter traditions directly relate back to the fact that much of the country (about ninety percent) considers itself Roman-Catholic. Whether they are truly practicing Roman Catholics or not, Easter is a major holiday celebrated by all.
The Easter-chocolate season begins weeks before the actual date. French people start celebrating it by exchanging chocolates with friends, family, and of course they do give a lot of chocolates to the children — In Paris a traditional cake representing an Easter egg nest is prepared in many pâtisseries and when they appear in their windows we know that Easter is around the corner.
Continue reading “Easter Chocolate in France!”
PRAYER CHAIR or PRIE DIEU
A prie–dieu (French: literally, “pray [to] God”, plural prie–dieux) is a type of prayer desk primarily intended for private devotional use, but may also be found in churches. … The prie–dieu appears not to have received its present name until the early 17th century. It is intended to be knelt on where one can place a book or their elbows for prayer.
Continue reading “French Prayer Chair”
Ring In Easter With Flying Bells, Bunnies and Chocolate Fish….
Pâques (Easter) simply has to be one of the most enjoyable holiday celebrations for French children. Every single one of those eternally beautiful Parisian Chocolate shops kicks up their candy decorating to ultra high levels as Easter approaches. The Easter “chocolate season” begins weeks before the actual date. Giving chocolates to friends, family, and especially children is essential to a proper celebration of the holiday. Shop windows are chock-full of a festive menagerie including white, dark and milk chocolate rabbits, chickens, and eggs, bells and fish. Yes, bells and fish!!
Continue reading “Easter In France”