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Published on April 7th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


Easter Across the Atlantic: A Comparative Look at Celebrations in the US and France

Easter is a holiday that is celebrated in different ways around the world. While some traditions are shared across countries, there are also distinct differences between how Easter is celebrated in different parts of the world. In this article, we’ll explore how Easter is celebrated in the United States and France.

One of the most notable differences between Easter in the United States and France is that it is a public holiday in France, with most businesses and schools closed. In contrast, Easter is not a federal holiday in the United States, and many businesses remain open. This means that the way people celebrate Easter in the two countries can be quite different.

Another difference between Easter in the United States and France is the food that is traditionally eaten. In France, a popular pastry called “Pâques cake” or “Gâteau de Pâques,” a chocolate sponge cake which is often consumed, as well as chocolate fish and bells. In the United States, it is customary to eat Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and other sweets.

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Religion also plays a significant role in Easter celebrations in both countries. The majority of the French population is Catholic, and Easter is an important religious holiday. In the United States, Easter is also a significant religious holiday for Christians, but there is greater religious diversity, and some people may not observe it as a religious holiday.

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Finally, the way Easter is celebrated can also vary depending on regional traditions and customs. For example, in the United States, some regions may have Easter egg hunts or parades, while in France, some regions may have bonfires or processions.

Whether you’re in the United States or France, Easter is a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate this important holiday in your own unique way.

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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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