Eastertime in France

by MPI Traveler on April 2, 2014

Eastertime in France

by Sarah Dunn

April 1, 2014

easter time in france ‘Tis the season. The dazzling vitrines of France’s chocolatiers are a sign that Easter is right around the corner. Almost too pretty to eat, the carved creations– chocolate fish, chickens, eggs– are filled with even more delightful bonbons.

Easter treats at La Manufacture de Chocolat by Alain Ducasse

Joyeuses Pâques!

Easter is a holiday that is celebrated just as enthusiastically in France as it is in America, although traditions do differ. One of the best French Easter traditions is that of the Cloche Volant, or flying bell. On Good Friday (vendredi saint) all the church bells in France are silenced. As legend has it, the bells fly to Rome to see the Pope. On Easter morning, it is said that the bells return from Rome just in time to ring out and joyously declare that Jesus has risen again.

easter in franct

Much like the American Easter Bunny, the main symbol of the Easter season in France is the Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish. Children play at sticking as many paper fish onto the backs of ignorant adults as possible, and then run away screaming “Poisson d’Avril!” These paper fish start swimming into stores as early as April 1st, joined by more fish, this time of the chocolate variety, a week later.  Classic chocolate Easter eggs can also be found in sweets shops throughout France—the first chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany in the nineteenth century.

From the France Today archives

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: