Easter Around the World: France
Spring brings many fun events and activities for the whole family. The winter is coming to a close and families around the world are getting out more to enjoy fun activities together. This time of year though the buzz is always about Easter. This year, we decided to explore and learn many of the various traditions the happen around the world as Easter is celebrated. The kids and I love so many things about France that for our first experience we dove into all things French. So, with bunny-guides in tow, we started on a path of exploring the traditions.
The girls and I decided to have a little fun and go to one of our favorite French shops, and we brought along some old and a few new friends, but before we bunny-hop to the fun photo-story, here are a few things about French Easter traditions that we thought were interesting to learn!
France is a county that has a rich Catholic history, and as such their Easter traditions center around this. Over the years, other western influences have entered in such as the Easter Bunny, but by far the emphasis is not on it as you often see in the US. One fun note that I am slightly jealous of it that with many of the Holidays in France, three days are allocated to the Easter Holiday to allow the people to celebrate properly.
In the weeks that lead up to Easter, you get to see shops and homes decorated with light and dark chocolate eggs, bunnies, chickens, bells, and fish, and on Easter morning, children wake up with the anticipation to go in search of Easter Eggs hidden throughout the house and the yard. Inside the eggs children find chocolates and other little gifts.
Another tradition that still remains today is Cloche Volant or the Flying Bells. This tradition started in the early days of the Catholic church where the people would ring the bells to send their grief and prayers towards the Vatican in memory of the crucifixion of Christ. No bells would ring in the churches until Easter morning, and with them lots of chocolate and eggs would be brought to celebrations among the people.
Also, a fun little tradition as well that began centuries before is the contest of rolling raw eggs down the sloping streets. The egg that survived was deemed the winner and it was a symbol of the rock rolling away from Christ’s Tomb Easter morning. Children love playing this game with their peers and parents get into the fun as well. I think we may try this one ourselves this year! Should we? What do you, guys, think?
No matter where you are, Easter is a time for everyone to gather and celebrate.
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Stay tuned for our next country exploration, and Happy Easter everyone! Did we come close to the French traditions exploration?