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  • 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...


  • The ‘Catherinettes’ - November 25th
    November 25th La Sainte Catherine Rather outmoded now, but nevertheless observed by some, particularly hat makers, the ‘Catherinettes’ were poor old ladies of twenty-five years old who had not managed to hook themselves a husband by the 25th November, Feast of Saint (...) read more...


  • Lundi de Pentecôte (Whit Monday) in France
    Lundi de Pentecôte (Whit Monday) in France Whit Monday (Pentecost Monday) in English, le Lundi de Pentecôte in French, this day is usually the last of four public holidays in May, altough this year it takes place on the 8th and 9th June just to fool you. In fact, it is a ’movable (...) read more...


  • 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...


  • Fête de l’Ours - Prats de Mollo - February
    Fete de l’Ours et carnaval de Prats de Mollo A not to be missed yearly event click to enlarge The location Built on the banks of the river Tech, surrounded by mountains, Prats de Mollo was one of the most importan read more...


  • Midsummer Madness - Els Focs de la Sant Jean
    Midsummer Madness - Els Focs de la Sant Jean Basil Howitt discovers to his surprise that the revival of Catalonia’s summer solstice festival on Mount Canigou was inspired by a rugby victory. He also throws in a few Catalan recipes enjoyed during the festival preparations at the (...) read more...


  • Fete de Mailly - Port Vendres
    Fete de Mailly - Port Vendres September In commemoration of the placing of the first stone of the Obélisque in Port Vendres, on the orders of the Maréchal de France, comte de Mailly, the Fete de Mailly takes place every September. The day begins with a fancy dress parade through the streets (...) read more...


  • Feux de la Saint Jean
    Feux de la Saint Jean In the fifth century the Church placed the longest day of the year under the sign of Saint John the Baptist. Despite it’s beginnings in Christianity, that date is linked with ancient practices and white magic For example, the curative powers of local herbs (...) 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...



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