Aujourd'hui nous sommes le mercredi 15 novembre 2017. C’est la fête de Saint Albert.


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Joyeuses Pâques

Happy Easter

 

France is traditionally a Roman-Catholic country.  No city, village or town is without a church.  Many of them date back to the twelfth century or before. Most churches have a bell, which is rung joyfully throughout the year marking various events and the passage of time. 

On the Thursday before Good Friday (le vendredi saint), all church bells in France are silenced in acknowledgement of Jesus' death.  In fun, children are told that the bell's chimes have flown to Rome to see the Pope. Easter morning, the bells ring out once again in celebration of the Resurrection, declaring that Jesus is alive again.  In some villages, people kiss and embrace one another when they hear the bells ring.

Easter morning is a happy time for children who wake to look for colorfully decorated Easter eggs (les oeufs de Pâques) hidden in their gardens, homes and playgrounds.  Parents tell their children the eggs were brought from Rome (where the chimes had gone), and that when the chimes returned they brought the eggs with them. 

Easter is the perfect time of year for master chocolatiers to display and celebrate their delectable wares.  Great attention to detail and years of practice result in chocolate eggs that look more like works of art than anything edible!  They are truly beautiful, and many people enjoy strolling the avenues peering into the shop windows as if they are at a museum or art show.

Pour les enfants, l’instant le plus important du week-end de Pâques est le top départ de la chasse aux œufs de Pâques.

Après l’office pour les chrétiens, c’est l’heure de la chasse aux œufs ! Selon les régions et leurs traditions les œufs seront apportés par les cloches ou les lapins. Vers midi tous les enfants partent à la recherche des œufs et autres chocolats dans les branches d’arbres, sous les feuilles et dans le moindre recoin vert !