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Springy French Vocabulary
Easter’s date changes every year: it occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox – so somewhere between 22 March and 25 April.
In 2018, Easter is on the 1st April, in 2019 it will be 21 April. The week immediately preceding Easter (Sunday to Saturday) is called Holy Week. Here’s all the French vocabulary you need to celebrate this Christian period of renewal.
|Easter||le Pâques, les Pâques (f)|
|Holy Week||la Semaine Sainte|
|Palm Sunday||dimanche des Rameaux
|Ash Wednesday||mercredi des Cendres|
|Maundy Thursday||jeudi saint|
|Good Friday||vendredi saint|
|Easter Sunday||le dimanche de Pâques|
|Easter Day||le jour de Pâques|
|Easter Monday||lundi de Pâques|
|Joyeuses Pâques ! Bonnes Pâques !||Happy Easter!|
|Noël au balcon, Pâques au tison||A warm Christmas means a cold Easter|
|À Pâques ou à la Trinité||very late, never|
In the French tradition, all the church bells fly to the Vatican on Maunday Thursday, leaving churches silent. They return on Easter with eggs and chocolates, and ring once again.
|church bell||une cloche|
|Easter brioche||la gâche de Pâques|
|Easter egg hunt||la chasse aux œufs|
|Easter procession||un défilé pascal|
|fast day||un jour de jeûne|
|flying bell||une cloche volante|
|meatless meal||un repas maigre|
|woven palm leaves||palmes tressées|
Easter Monday is a public holiday and is traditionally celebrated with pâquette, where families eat omelettes together. In Bessières (Haute-Garonne), there’s an annual Easter festival featuring the preparation and consumption of a giant Easter omelette: l’omelette pascale et géante, which is 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter and contains 15,000 eggs. (This is unrelated to la Fête de l’omelette géante [3 meters] that takes place every September in Fréjus [Var].)
*Boys and girls born on or near Easter are often named Pascal and Pascale.
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