Unfortunately we will not be celebrating Easter in France, this year. The photo above is from a visit to Perpignan, two years ago. I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this gorgeous display in a ‘chocolatierie’. It really is a work of art!
When I used to teach French, I always enjoyed covering the cultural aspects of the subject. My students, whether children or adults, liked to learn about Easter celebrations in France.
Chocolate is as important in France, at Easter, as it is in the UK. As you can see in my photo, decorated chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies are popular but so are chocolate bells.
The Easter bells or les cloches de Pâques are important in France, as it is predominately a Catholic country. During Easter, as a sign of respect, church bells are not rung between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. According to legend, the church bells fly to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. They then begin their journey back to the French churches, collecting eggs on their way before scattering them into gardens on Easter Sunday. This is when the traditional Easter egg hunt begins inside and outside homes.
I hope you enjoy the short video clip which illustrates perfectly the skills of the chocolatiers.
Wherever you are, I would like to wish you ‘Happy Easter’ or ‘Joyeuses Pâques’.
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