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  • La Toussaint (All Saints Day)
    La Toussaint (All Saints Day) - Festival of the dead. November 1st La Toussaint in France (All Saint’s Day) was originally created by the Catholic Church to honour the poor old saints and martyrs who didn’t have their own holy day. Rather sneakily, it was also believed (...) read more...

  • La galette des rois - December
    La Fête des Rois (Three Kings Day) The French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ’galette des rois’ (or the gateau des rois in the South of France) on, or around the 6th January, (the first Sunday of each New Year) actually dates back to the 14th century. (...) read more...

  • La Chandeleur - February
    Pancake Day in France 2nd February ‘Fête de la Chandeleur’ The nearest French equivalent to Pancake Day is the ‘Fête de la Chandeleur’, (Candlemas) known also as Fête de la Lumière, when it is traditional to eat ’ceêpes’ . Originally a religious (...) read more...

  • Carnaval time in France (February/March)
    Carnival Time in France Youpi, it’s carnival time! February and March see carnival processions all over the P-O – fancy dress, street parades, fireworks, singing, dancing.....along with the symbolic burning of evil spirits - but the origins of these celebrations, ending (...) read more...

    LA CASTANYADA 1st November Here in Catalonia, All Saints’ Day and the evening before are known as the Castanyada, (’Fête de la châtaigne’ in French) meaning Day of the Chestnut. Traditionally, ‘castanyes’ (roast chestnuts) are eaten along with (...) read more...

  • Fête de la Belle Epoque - May
    Fete de la Belle Epoque The "Belle Epoque" festival - Vernet-les-Bains - May In 1845, the Pacha Mehemet Ali was king of Egypt. He was surrounded by advisers from France, notably one Doctor Clot. The doctor was treating the king’s son, Ibrahim Pacha, who suffered seriously from (...) read more...

  • Fête de la Musique - June
    Fete de la Musique - June Every year around the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, both amateur and professional musicians from all over the world perform free concerts in venues throughout France. The festival aims to celebrate music in all forms and is open to anyone It all (...) read more...

  • La Trobada du Canigou and Les feux de la Saint Jean - June
    La Trobada La Trobada du Canigou A lovely tradition to celebrate the Summer Solstice of St Jean around the 22nd June is the meeting of Catalans from both sides of the Pyrénées on the summit of the Canigou. Troops of walkers and representatives of villages and towns throughout Catalonia, (...) read more...

  • The Canigou race (August)
    The Canigou race - Vernet-les-Bains At the beginning of the twentieth century, well before the introduction of fridges and freezers into the region, inhabitants of Vernet les Bains used to climb high into the mountain, and cut blocks of ice from the hillside which they loaded onto their (...) read more...

    30th JULY RODELLA DE MONTBOLO The origin of this procession goes back to 1465 when a shepherd of Montbolo called Noguer de GASNACH had a vision at the Col de la Porta (Col de Formentere). In this vision, two witches came to Montbolo, bringing with them bad weather. When they (...) read more...

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