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  • 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 the last of four public holidays in May. It is a ’movable feast’ in the Christian calendar, a religious tradition which takes place 50 (...) 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 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 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...


  • 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...


  • Pirena - Font Romeu - January
    International dog team racing The Pirena, a *’mushing’ or dog slege pulling race takes place on the cross country ski pistes of La Calme in Font Romeu. This is just one of the stages of the dog sleigh race which is an inter-frontier event and very popular in southern (...) 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...


  • A region steeped in tradition
    The rich and varied historical heritage of Catalonia means that the Pyrenees-Orientales is a region steeped in tradition. Festivals and regular events, many of them having their origins in the distant past, serve both to unify Catalan society and give visitors and inhabitants a reason to (...) read more...


  • Fete de Mailly - Port Vendres
    September Fete de Mailly - Port Vendres 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 will be held on Sunday 17th September. The day will begin with a fancy dress (...) read more...


  • RODELLA DE MONTBOLO
    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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