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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.

French Courses this winter

If you’re keen to work on your French this winter, Alpine French School is running group courses for seasonnaires and locals. You can possibly get your course funded by the government if you are on a French contract and your manager approves this. The deadline to apply for the funding…

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Affordable private French lessons using tax credits

Alpine French School now offers ‘Services à la Personne’ which means that you can use tax credits to get 50% off your French lessons.  We are pleased to be able to offer affordable high quality French (& English) lessons for people living in the local area. There is no paperwork…

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New this year! Alpine French School welcomes you, children & parents, during all school holidays!

Why not visit Morzine during the next half-term holiday and enjoy learning French as well as enjoying the great mountain activities that Morzine has to offer!   New, this year (2021 – 2022), we offer family French day camps in the school holidays : October half-term, Christmas & New Year,…

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Weekly French Courses this Autumn including our popular Citizenship course Autumn 2021

We’re pleased to share with you our autumn calendar for our French group courses. If you’re keen to work on your French in a group environment, here are the details of our upcoming group courses over the 3 months.   AUTUMN WEEKLY COURSES 13th September – 10th December 2021  …

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