Culture And Customs Of France PdfBy NoГ«l N. In and pdf 24.03.2021 at 01:41 4 min read
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Most people associate French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region. France doesn't just have culture; the word "culture" actually comes from France. Historically, French culture was influenced by Celtic and Gallo-Roman cultures as well as the Franks, a Germanic tribe.
Historically and culturally among the most important nations in the Western world, France has also played a highly significant role in international affairs, with former colonies in every corner of the globe. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea , the Alps and the Pyrenees , France has long provided a geographic, economic, and linguistic bridge joining northern and southern Europe. The French people look to the state as the primary guardian of liberty, and the state in turn provides a generous program of amenities for its citizens, from free education to health care and pension plans. Even so, this centralist tendency is often at odds with another long-standing theme of the French nation: the insistence on the supremacy of the individual. This tendency toward individualism joins with a pluralist outlook and a great interest in the larger world.
French Culture: Customs & Traditions
Hello, bonjour! We live about 10 minutes from Toulon on the Mediterranean coast, and we live right outside a Provence village called Ollioules. Biggest mystery to me, which I have yet to solve, is how the French stay so slim and trim. And I think after this little presentation, you will see why.
I am going to talk about the food, mainly local traditions in our area. France is a very diverse place. And then some things that are tied a little bit to the Catholic culture. Lots of different groups in France, lots of different celebrations as an overarching general ism…it is quite a Catholic country. Not everybody is practicing…but a lot of the traditions and celebrations are focused around religious holidays. So first of all, as I mentioned, we live in Provence, which is the south of France.
A lot of the traditions in France have to do with, of course, their own history. And then countries that are bordering the region. Of course, Italy. We are coming up the French Riviera. And this is pretty large region for France and known as Provence.
In our area. For us it kicks off in September, October with Harvest celebrations. So there is the wine harvest. We have rosy wine, the star, they do make white and red lines down here as well. People are going to get dressed up in traditional costumes of the era. You can do some wine tasting. A funny thing about these festivities. Again, many of these tied to food and local products of the region is that they often also have meals tied to them.
We have a celebration in our village for a summer soup. These meals are quite cheap. These are not fancy meals. You get kind of a starter. Might just be like a salad, maybe some goat cheese on the side.
Your main dish will be this soupe au pistou minestrone soup. The cool thing about this is the whole village comes out. It is a great festival atmosphere. There is a dance floor. Again, no need to speak French to participate. You have tourists coming into these kind of festivities. And it is so much fun to meet friends. Wine harvest in our area is also tied to local products.
And this festival will take place in a couple of weeks. It is the fig festival and it has to do with everything…Fig. You have your fig breads. You have your fig sweets. You can buy fig trees. A fun thing we like to do when we arrive is to have a fig kir royale, its champagne and you put a little fig liquor in there.
So this kicks off at noon. They have a Miss Fig. You have a meal later on. Products in our region that we would celebrate our festival and our town. This area also has melons like cantaloupe famous for some cured meats, interestingly enough.
And of course, big lavender place. Lavender is in bloom right now. Lavender is not near us. And there are lavender festivals. I just want to touch on some of the other festivities and traditions happening throughout the year. Again, this is for Provence it will be different in different regions.
We were in Alsace for Christmas. So I want to talk about Christmas, totally different over there. Fun but different traditions. In Provence there is a tradition for Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve dinner is a very light affair over here.
And there is something called the 13 desserts, 13 desserts. A lot of people do not carry on these traditions. But basically, you have dates, pears, oranges, candied fruit. There is a cookie here called the calisson, and that comes from the town of Aix en Provence a very beautiful town. The calisson cookie is made with almonds and with an orange blossom. So these 13 desserts are brought out. There are three white tablecloths to represent the Trinity and people dress traditionally.
Again, this is for Christmas Eve. Christmas lunch itself is a huge affair. So all around France, a very big deal is traditional foods that you eat, etc.. And this really kicks off the holiday season. And this is where we eat the Kings cake. This is a tradition I know in other countries and in France its called the Galette des Rois. The funny thing about this, is that there is a little something hidden in this cake.
This cake is made with a Frangipane. There is something hidden in the cake in the French. When you go to the bakery. You get your king cake and the baker will give you a cardboard crown. You eat a king cake. Whoever gets this little bean or baby Jesus is the king for the day. This might make more sense that if I tell you everybody at this time is drinking hard cider.
The king cake goes on all throughout January. What you do is in on the weekend, you invite friends over. This is snack time. So when you have snack time, 4 o clock, you would invite your friends over, we do this every year. So that is the period of epiphany. I want to say quickly, really another cool thing. These public holidays are lots of different celebrations going on.
La Chandeleur. In English, this is called Candlemass. It is everywhere. And people are looking forward to it young and old. Its 47 days before Easter. Big deal here. So again, a lot of eating going on. And they also have a fried pastry topped with sugar called Oriete. Big foodie day going on. But we go crazy on the Fat Tuesday. And for children, I found this really interesting. Children at school dress up as if it was kind of Halloween. They go into costumes.
Colonial Culture in France
Hello, bonjour! We live about 10 minutes from Toulon on the Mediterranean coast, and we live right outside a Provence village called Ollioules. Biggest mystery to me, which I have yet to solve, is how the French stay so slim and trim. And I think after this little presentation, you will see why. I am going to talk about the food, mainly local traditions in our area. France is a very diverse place. And then some things that are tied a little bit to the Catholic culture.
For hundreds of years, the world has come in contact with French culture through the export of French ideas, cuisine, fashion, literature, art and film. As the largest Western European nation and one of the leading economies in the region, France continues to be a powerhouse within the European continent. French ideas developed in the Enlightenment period — such as rationalism, democracy and liberty — have influenced present-day Western culture. In contemporary society, the French are often formal and courteous people who value artistry and intellectualism. French Identity and Diversity. For many, to be French generally means that one has French citizenship and exhibits the behaviours and ideals integral to French culture. For many, the values of equality and fraternity indicate that the French are a unified and undivided group.
Colonial Culture in France
The culture of France has been shaped by geography , by historical events , and by foreign and internal forces and groups. France , and in particular Paris, has played an important role as a center of high culture since the 17th century and from the 19th century on, worldwide. From the late 19th century, France has also played an important role in cinema, fashion, cuisine, literature, technology, the social sciences, and mathematics.
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