Girl Gone Gallic’s Bastille Day Guide for Paris. If you are so lucky to be in Paris for Bastille’s Day, there are tons of great events in which to participate.
Remember Dad ! Father’s Day in France and in the United States. Father’s Day originates in the United States… Launched in 1909 by Sonora Smart Dodd (daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart) as a way to celebrate and remember her deceased father, an echo to the Mother’s Day celebrations of the month of May.
Remember Mom ! Mother’s Day in France…the second Sunday in May. Modern Mother’s Day has its origins in the United States. It starts with Ann Reeves and the “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” that strived to improve the sanitary conditions and lower infant mortality rates caused by disease and milk contamination.
“Les Ponts du mois de Mai” – French Holidays of the month May “Pont” means bridge in French. The space we are bridging here is the gap between the weekend that is created by a holiday (jour férié) mid-week.
May Day traditions in France – La fête du 1er Mai – Le muguet, fleur du bonheur. Tradition has it that the Lilly of the Valley came into being from Eve’s tears when she was forced to leave the Garden of Eden.
Poisson d’Avril (April Fish Day), otherwise known as April Fool’s Day. Should you see anyone come this April 1st with a paper fish pasted to their back, don’t call the psychiatry ward for a pick up. Really!
“La Chandeleur” – Fête des Chandelles It’s Crêpe Day again ! OMG I might actually have to start some kind of sort of exercise program to work off all the extra pounds from the “research” I’ve been doing lately, and this Crêpe Day thing isn’t helping.
The Galette des Rois – A traditional Christmas Pastry. There certainly isn’t a shortage of excuses to eat good food in France, and the tradition of the Galette des Rois is just another example that I heartedly welcome.