Easter in France: Religion, food and chocolate?

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Easter is above all a very wide-spread Catholic feast in France, where masses and religious processions take place everywhere. But Easter is also a day of enjoyment where families and friends meet and take advantage of this festive moment to savor delicious dishes and of course, a lot of chocolates.

A few words on Easter

Easter is a celebration existing in the Catholic and Jewish religions. Both celebrations differ a little in their interpretation and organization, but in the end, both religions celebrate the same event: the resurrection of the Christ.

In contrary to many other countries, and except in some French and overseas regions, the Good Friday is not a holiday. The only free day is Easter’s Monday. But generally, Easter festivities coincide with school holidays; which means even more time for children to eat chocolate.

Here are the festivities!

OK, Easter is a religious feast but I think what people mostly keep in mind , and especially children, are the endless meals with numerous dishes, of which the traditional Easter lamb. But above all that Easter would not be Easter without tons of chocolates. As in any other country, we also have the famous Easter hare who brings to us all (even adults; because there’s no age limit to be greedy after all!) plenty of chocolates. But maybe because us, French people, are very greedy, chocolate eggs are not the only candies we ask for at Easter. We also have chocolate fishes (these refer to the 1st April French trick: stick a fish made of paper on the back of people) and, of course, chocolate bells.

Yes, again, here is an Easter legend proper to France. The legend says that bells from all churches leave for Rome on Thursday evening to get blessed by the Pope. They leave from Rome on the Saturday evening tinkling to announce their joy after Jesus’ rebirth. But before leaving Rome, they were loaded with lots of chocolate eggs that they drop, on their way back to churches, in gardens and houses. This is why, when getting up on Easter Sunday, children find that many eggs. But be careful, because sometimes bells can be practical jokers.

Here are a few Easter jokes written by children. Hope it makes you smile.

Is it true that bunnies have good eyesight?
Well you never see a bunny wearing glasses, do you?

Why is a bunny the luckiest animal in the world?
It has four rabbits’ feet.

Why does the Easter Bunny have a shiny nose?
Because the powder puff is on the other end!

Happy Easter to everyone!

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