Chapeaux en France – Traditions

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Traditions liées au chapeau Hat traditions
En France
Il y a la Sainte-Catherine bien s√Ľr, quoique cette tradition se soit √©tiol√©e dans certaines r√©gions, ainsi que celle de porter un voile l√©ger ou un chapeau en signe de respect dans les lieux de culte. Cette derni√®re a presque compl√®tement disparu, sauf dans certains pays ou r√©gions majoritairement catholiques (comme le sud de l’Italie, la Corse et les pays de l’Europe de l’Est) o√Ļ nombre de femmes √Ęg√©es la font perdurer.
Translation

In France
There’s Saint Catherine’s Day, of course, though this tradition has declined in certain regions, as has that of wearing a light veil or a hat as a sign of respect in places of worship. The latter has almost completely disappeared, except in certain predominantly Catholic countries or regions (like the south of Italy, Corsica, and Eastern European countries) where many elderly women keep it alive.

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Au Royaume-Uni
√Ä cause de l’omnipr√©sence de la monarchie et de ses fastes, la tradition du chapeau est davantage ancr√©e en Angleterre, o√Ļ l’ouverture de la saison des courses, les r√©ceptions ouvertes au public dans les jardins du ch√Ęteau de Buckingham ou les mariages mondains requi√®rent imp√©rativement le port du chapeau. √Čvitez cependant de faire montre de trop d’extravagance, sinon votre chapeau pourrait attirer davantage d’attention que vous ne le souhaiteriez !
Translation

In the United Kingdom
Due to the omnipresence of the monarchy and its pomp, the hat tradition is more rooted in England, where the start of the horse-racing season, receptions open to the public in Buckingham Castle’s gardens, and society weddings absolutely require the wearing of a hat. However, avoid displaying too much extravagence, or your hat could attract more attention that you might hope!

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Chapeaux et mariage
Souvent associ√© au mariage, le chapeau demeure un accessoire tr√®s utile pour rehausser une tenue jug√©e un peu terne ou trop simple. La mari√©e optera √©videmment pour le voile, une couronne de fleurs d’oranger ou un diad√®me, quoique la recrudescence des mariages √† la mairie favorise dor√©navant le port du chapeau pour la mari√©e. Un bibi orn√© de fleurs ou une capeline l√©g√®re accompagneront alors n’importe quelle tenue.
Translation

Hats and weddings
Often associated with weddings, the hat remains a very useful accessory to liven up an outfit deemed a bit drab or too simple. The bride will obviously opt for a veil, a crown of orange blossoms, or a tiara, though the increasing number of weddings at city hall now encourages the bride to wear a hat. So a pillbox hat dressed with flowers or a lightweight wide-brimmed hat can accompany any outfit.

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Et n’oubliez pas : si vous √™tes seulement une invit√©e, √©vitez le tailleur blanc et le chapeau assorti ; il serait dommage de voler la vedette √† celle pour qui ce jour devrait demeurer unique et inoubliable.
Translation

And don’t forget: if you’re just a guest, avoid a white outfit with matching hat; it would be a shame to steal the limelight from the woman for whom this day should be unique and unforgettable.

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French text, sound file, and image courtesy of Think French audiomagazine. This is part 2 of an article in the novembre 2012 issue. Translation by LKL

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