Top Travel Questions – Answered

What do the French eat for Easter?

LambRepas de Pâques French families gather for the lunch and/or dinner on Easter, where traditional foods are served. Lamb is inevitably on the menu, whether it’s a delectable slow-cooked gigot d’agneau (leg of lamb) or navarin d’agneau (spring lamb stew), brimming with potatoes and fresh vegetables.

What do they eat in Easter in French?

Easter traditions in France include chocolate, bells, eggs, rabbits, chicken and lamb! French people traditionally eat lamb at Easter, the most traditional dish is a leg of lamb cooked in the oven with provençal herbs, cumin, garlic and olive oil.

What meat do the French traditionally eat at Easter?


Main Course. Lamb is traditionally served for Easter. It is supposed to represent Jesus, “the lamb of God,” as well as symbolize innocence. On a less symbolic note, it probably was the first fresh meat available after a long winter.

Do they have Easter eggs in France?

One of the most important things to know about Easter in France is that it is not an Easter bunny who delivers children their Easter baskets filled with eggs and candy. In France, Easter presents are delivered by Les Cloches de Pâques literally flying church bells.

Why is Easter called Pâques in French?

What Does “Pâques” Mean? The French word “Pâques” derives from the Latin “pascha”, meaning “Passover”, which comes from the Hebrew “Pesah” meaning “passing way” (hence the word “passage”) and is the Jewish name for the Passover celebration, which remembers the Exodus out of Egypt.

Who brings the Easter eggs in France?

the flying bells

If you’re in the USA, on Easter Sunday it’s traditionally the Easter Bunny who brings chocolate eggs and treats to children across the country. In Australia, confectionery arrives courtesy of the Easter Bilby. In France, they’re delivered by someone slightly less fluffy: the flying bells (les cloches volantes).

Do the French have an Easter Bunny?

1. The Easter Bunny doesn’t exist. Probably the strangest thing for an expat in France to get their head around is the lack of Easter Bunny. We Anglos know that it’s an enormous adorable fluffy bunny that brings us chocolate eggs at Easter – but in France it’s bells.

Do the French decorate for Easter?

6) Easter decorations.

Decorations are popular in France, most notably in Alsace. Flowers, painted eggs, and figurines displayed in windows are common. Children may also construct nests to lay out in their gardens in the hopes that they will be filled with chocolate eggs.

What animals are associated with Easter in France?

Some of the things that are inextricably linked with Easter traditions in the French collective subconscious include chocolate, bells, eggs, rabbits, chickens and lambs. A nod to the end of Lent and the arrival of good weather, the rabbit or hare are symbols of fertility that date back to Antiquity.

How is Pâques celebrated in France?

After the egg hunt and the Sunday of fun, Easter is celebrated with the traditional meal, l’Agneau Pascal, Pascal(e) coming from the word ‘Pâques’. This meal will usually consist of asparagus vinaigrette and eggs to start followed by a main course of roasted lamb.

What do the French traditionally eat on le vendredi saint?

For children, this means that flying bells from Rome will be bringing chocolate and other delicacies to them. Vendredi Saint (Good Friday) is a fast day, meaning Christians eat un repas maigre (meatless vegetarian meal).

What do the French do on Easter Sunday?

Easter Sunday in France is a time for many Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. People may attend special church services, eat a festive meal and search for Easter eggs.

How do you say Happy Easter in Quebec?

We will get onto that later but for a start, on the day, it is natural to say to friends and family “Joyeuses Pâques” (Happy Easter).

What are the months of the year in French?

The French Months of the Year and How to Enjoy Them

  • janvier (January)
  • février (February)
  • mars (March)
  • avril (April)
  • mai (May)
  • juin (June)
  • juillet (July)
  • août (August)

What is the French name for Good Friday?

Other Names and Languages

English Good Friday
French Vendredi saint
German Karfreitag
Norwegian Langfredag