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French Easter Traditions

Easter is one of the main religious celebrations in France after Christmas.  Easter marks the resurrection of Christ and the end of the 40 days of lent so this is an important Christian religious festival.
In France, Easter Monday is a public holiday.  Easter is called ‘Pâques’ with a capital ‘P’ and an ‘s’ at the end.  This comes from the Latin word ‘Pascua’ which means food.  French people wish each other “Joyeuses Pâques”.
Easter traditions in France include chocolate, bells, eggs, rabbits, chicken and lamb!
French people traditionally eat lamb at Easter, the most traditional dish is a leg of lamb cooked in the oven with provençal herbs, cumin, garlic and olive oil.  The lamb is usually served with potatoes cooked in the oven, green beans or flageolet beans.    French people nowadays still often eat lamb at Easter but often a variety of cuts and dishes.  Since asparagus comes into season around Easter, this is a common starter or side dish.  And of course, the lamb is accompanied by a good bottle of red wine.  Certain areas of France also have their own special traditions, for example in Alsace they eat “Lamalas de Pâques”, a cake cooked in the shape of a lamb covered in icing sugar.
So why are eggs a symbol of Easter?  Persians, Egyptians and Romans offered decorated eggs to celebrate the start of spring.  In the 15th Century, catholics weren’t allowed to eat eggs during lent so egg stocks were decorated to give or sell at Easter or afterwards.
Children take place in an Easter egg hunt (Chasse aux Oeufs) organized by parents or sometimes clubs or local communes.  Chocolate and/or decorated eggs are hidden in the garden or park, then children go and hunt for the hidden eggs.  The Easter bunny isn’t historically a French tradition, but this is becoming a tradition especially in the north of the country, but chocolate shaped like eggs and bells is more common.

Focus your brain for learning with our free meditation sessions

New from December 2021, Alpine French School is offering a little extra to help students. Meditation is renowned nowadays for many things: Reducing stress Increasing focus and concentration Increasing creativity Helping to balance emotions Reducing pain or perception of pain Reducing anxiety and improving self-esteem Reducing depression Increasing memory Some…

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  • June 22nd, 2021

Beware: CPF Fraud Schemes

If you are taking lessons with us and using government funding to finance your lessons, we wanted to warn you of a serious scam taking place at the moment and give you advice on what to do. The scam targets the CPF which is a fund that can be used by employed and self-employed people…

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  • June 10th, 2021

Simplifying travel in Summer 2021

If you want to travel to France from the UK this summer, read on to find all of the necessary information to make your trip as smooth as possible. Current quarantine rules From 9th June, fully vaccinated Brits can holiday in France this summer with no need to quarantine upon…

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Summer Courses (in person!) at Alpine French School

We are so pleased to finally be able to welcome you back to our language school as of June. If you’re keen to work on your French in a group environment, here are the details of our upcoming group courses over the next 10 weeks.   JUNE INTENSIVE COURSES (15 hours…

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