Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

Have you been good? Will the Easter Bunny be visiting you?

Here in France les cloches de Pâcques (the church bells) deliver the Easter eggs. On Easter Thursday all the bells fly away to the Vatican carrying with them the pain of those who mourn for Jesus' death. They return on Easter Sunday bringing eggs in celebration of the Resurrection. Accordingly, across France all church bells are silent from Thursday until Sunday morning.

It feels a little strange as Good Friday isn't a public holiday here in France, as it is in Australia. The big kids are at school but the mister has the day off, so we are going to have a little drive somewhere. The plan is Lacoste, but that may change.

Wishing you all a peaceful and love-filled Easter! With a side of chocolate.

(I really miss hot cross buns.) 


Susan said...

Oh, I have half a dozen hot cross buns leftover...I'll pop over and we can share them with a cup of tea or coffee! lol! Have a peaceful Easter too Kirsty!

Hitch and Thread said...

Happy Easter. "Since Patchwork and Play" is popping over with some I guess I'll just have to eat all the ones at my house, that is if there is any left....

Nicola said...

I miss hot cross buns too! Had to learn to make them myself in the U.S. so might have a go this afternoon. Happy Easter to you all!

Betty said...

I'm looking forward to your lovely pictures of today's trip!

Jennifer said...

It's always fun to hear about different traditions. Good Friday is a holiday here for the kids but I'm at work... yay! Have a wonder Easter!

Jennifer :)

michelle said...

i love that Easter story. I always feel like Good Friday is a very empty, sad day. Lucky I had a big batch of buns to fill the void

**Anne** said...

A very happy Easter to you and yours Kirsty.
Anne xx

Poppyprint said...

Hope you made it to Lacoste. I'm having a hard time believing I was there last weekend! I didn't know that tradition with the bells. I suppose flying bells are a slightly better story for children than pretend giant bunnies. I can't imagine a bell colouring contest being very much fun, though.

Joyeux Pacques!

Virginia said...

Interesting info you shared today Kirsty.
Bon weekend to you and your family.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I knew about the bells of Easter in France, but did not know that the church bells were silent until Easter morning.

I hope that you get a large serving of chocolate and hope that there are some hot cross buns for you too.


Jenny M said...

Just think of all the calories you will not be consuming by not eating hot cross buns with lashings of butter.....and that means more room for chocolate! Hope you had a lovely Easter.

Anonymous said...

Kirsty, Glad you continue to tell about French traditions. If you live in the country and are lucky to have a garden, the bells on their way back from Rome will drop eggs and other goodies among the plants and flowers. But if you have no garden, don't dispair and check the courtyard or your windowsill. The bells never forget anybody! I remember finding little shoes for the doll I had gotten the previous Christmas on the windowsill. Pere Noel didn't have enough money that Christmas for the shoes, so they came from Rome at Easter. I will never forget.
How do they ring the 3 times of day that all the bells in France usually work in your little corner of Provence? In my little village in Lorraine, (a long time ago!!!)the boys would line up with special wooden contraptions that when turned would make a loud noise and walk the streets of the village. During the whole time they would chant for example at noon: Il est midi, il est midi. The other times were at 6:30AM and 6:30PM (Angelus du matin et du soir).
Thanks for the constant walks down memory lane.
annick5424 at gmail dot com

Eva said...

That is interesting, I didn't know about the church bells. I hope you had a beautiful weekend and a happy Easter!

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