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The Fête du Travail always falls on 1st May and is a bank holiday in France, like in many countries around the world. This was first celebrated in France in the late 18th century. In America, the equivalent is Labor Day and this was first celebrated on Tuesday 5th Septembre 1882 by 10 000 workers.
The Fête du Travail as it is celebrated nowadays originated in the late 19th century where in France, the US and other countries around the world, the workers protested for a limit of 8 hours to the working day. Workers in France marched with a red triangle as a button-hole which was later replaced by a wild rose.
In 1907, in Paris, the lily of the valley (muguet) replaced the wild rose bringing back an ancient tradition from the Renaissance period where lilies of the valley were offered ‘le muguet de mai’. These are now worn as a buttonhole with a red ribbon. It is tradition to offer ‘un brin de muguet’, a symbol of spring in France.
On 23rd April 1919, the Senate ratified the working day of 8 hours and designated the 1st May as a bank holiday.
On Saturday 15th July the Tour de France will arrive in Morzine. The Tour will depart from Annemasse on Saturday morning and head towards Samoëns. From there, the riders will have to conquer the winding road to the Col de Joux Plane, at 1691 m altitude, that separates the valleys…Continue Reading
As with many European and Western countries, Easter has grown from its roots as a religious celebration into a more capitalised long weekend. Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques) is a public holiday (jour férié) when people spend time with family or friends, shops and businesses close, and public transport runs…Continue Reading
Planning a trip to Morzine this Winter? We decided to ask our members of staff at Alpine French School what they would recommend to a first time visitor to the area. As many of them have lived and worked in Morzine for years, they know the best spots to warm…Continue Reading
Advent calendars – les calendriers de l’Avent French children open Advent Calendars like in many other countries during the month of December leading up to Christmas. Postcards from Père Noël Letters from French kids to Father Christmas always receive a response from Santa. Since 1962, France has had a…Continue Reading