One of my favourite things about living in France is admiring (and tasting!) the creations of French pâtissiers and chocolatiers, and any holiday season – including Easter – is ripe for these masters to show their creativity and flair.
The shop windows look gorgeous, and are filled with edible delights all beautifully decorated or wrapped, such as chocolate eggs, bells, hens, bunnies and fish.
The French equivalent of the Easter Bunny is Easter Bells (les cloches de Pâques). To mourn the crucifixion of Christ, church bells are silent from Good Friday until Easter Sunday and it is said the bells ‘fly to the Vatican in Rome’ until Easter Sunday when they ‘return’ to celebrate the resurrection of Christ with chocolate eggs and treats for children.
Traditionally, many families attend religious services, have family meals on Easter Sunday and children hunt for chocolate eggs. The term ‘Joyeuses Pâques’ simply means ‘Happy Easter’.
Easter Monday (lundi de Pâques), which is the day after Easter Sunday, is a bank holiday in France.
This morning, we wandered past all the lovely pâtisseries and couldn’t help but buy a few Easter treats?
Joyeuses Pâques !