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Published on April 8th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


6 Things You Can Do During Easter in France

Are you curious about how Easter is celebrated in France?

Uncover the French Easter festivities like never before! Join us by reading this article as we unravel a few of the mystery behind one of the most celebrated holidays in France. Are you ready to discover the unique traditions and customs that make Easter in France a truly unforgettable experience?

Easter in France is full of fascinating traditions and intriguing mysteries. One of the most interesting is the “Flying Bells” or “Les Cloches volantes,” where church bells are believed to fly to Rome on Good Friday and return on Easter Sunday, bringing with them Easter eggs and chocolates. Another mystery is the “Omelette de Pâques” (Easter omelet) in Bessières, where an omelet is made with over 15,000 eggs and served to thousands of people. Did you know that?

Here are six things you can typically do during Easter in France:

Attend a church service

Easter Sunday is a religious holiday in France, and many people attend mass or other church services. The midnight mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is particularly famous and is even broadcast on television.

Enjoy a festive meal

Easter is often celebrated in France with a special meal, which may include lamb, a traditional Easter dish, as well as other seasonal foods like asparagus and strawberries.

Go on an Easter egg hunt

Children in France often participate in Easter egg hunts, searching for chocolate eggs that have been hidden. Some towns and cities also organize public egg hunts for children.

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Visit a chocolate shop

Chocolate is an essential part of Easter in France, and many chocolatiers create beautiful and delicious chocolate eggs and other Easter-themed treats that are perfect for gifting or indulging.

Attend a parade

On Easter Monday, some towns and cities in France hold parades that include floats, music, and dancers in traditional costumes.

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Give Easter gifts

Like many holidays, Easter is also a time for gift-giving in France. Popular gifts include chocolate, flowers, and small toys or games for children.

Easter in France is a festive time filled with family, food, and traditions. From attending church services and enjoying special meals to going on Easter egg hunts and attending parades, there are many ways to celebrate this important holiday in French culture.

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About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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