Carnaval, Mardi gras, Carême

Mardi gras (Shrove Tuesday, litteraly Fat Tuesday) is the last day before Carême (Lent) which starts on Mercredi des Cendres (Ash Wednesday). On that day, people are supposed to eat rich food before fasting, a religious ritual for Lent. Pancakes and pancake races are very popular on mardi gras in the UK. French people have their […]

La chandeleur

Every year on the 2nd of February, la chandeleur (Candlemas, festa candelabrum in Latin), is celebrated in France. Originally Candlemas was Christian feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (40 days after Christmas) and feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus. Over the years it became a pagan tradition with its myths. Candles were lit […]

En avril ne te découvre pas d’un fil; en mai fais ce qu’il te plaît!

Easter with its rabbits and our overdose of chocolate is on its way; the 1st of April with its foolish jokes is behind us and daffodils are blooming. There we are: spring is in the air, with its sunny (and still not so warm) days. Children are allowed to wear the summer school uniform, but […]

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