Our Easter in France: Joyeuses Pâques

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How Is Easter Celebrated In France?

For the most part, Easter is celebrated in France similar to how it’s celebrated in the US or Canada except for one small thing. Easter is celebrated for two days and almost everyone gets a three day weekend because Easter Monday, the day after Easter is an official public holiday in France. One of 11 French bank holidays.

Our First Easter with Friends in France

Our first and second year in France, we spent quiet Easters at home with our family.

Our third year living in France,  we spent Easter with friends who own a Nursery where we ate, drank and talked about everything and nothing.

Our host Ferdinand (from Holland) and his wife Alex (from Germany) cooked up some lamb, chicken and Merguez sausages on the Bar-B-Q. There was of course, lots of wine but also beer, Armagnac, Ouzo and then we moved on to a weird green liquor made with mint called “get 27”. It tasted like cough medicine at first but then it started tasting really good.

There was a mix of French, German, Dutch and English spoken at any given time because our hosts had invited several other friends who seemed to be from somewhere different.

how is easter in france celebrated

That’s us in the photo above. Notice my face as I drink the Armagnac. BLEH!!

Directly after the main course, we moved on to salad and cheeses then we dug into the desert which was a homemade apple crumble pie I made the night before. I remember the apple crumble pie because in France, apple crumble is not really a thing. The French prefer an apple tart which are thinly sliced apples rather than chunks of apples.

We Gave The Children Contraband Chocolate

For the kids, I brought some chocolate kinder eggs. There was nothing special about them except that they’ve been banned in the US since 1997 because each egg contains a small toy which is a choking hazard to kids under the age of three.

People here in Europe laugh at this strange law considering there are so many more dangerous things that should be banned. Don’t guns kill more people than kinder eggs? But I digress.


First Day Of Easter

Easter Sunday is a day spent with family and or friends eating and drinking.

Second Day of Easter

The day after Easter Sunday is…..Easter Monday which is a holiday. Most of the shops, banks, schools and other businesses are closed on this day.

In our small town, there is an Easter egg hunt sponsored by the city complete with buses that shuttle people back and forth from the centre of town to the park where the egg hunt will be.

Happy Easter!



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  1. You didn’t look too happy Annie or maybe it was a big surprise going down. lol…

    Seriously, they’ve been banned here in the US! Of course with me not having any kids I wouldn’t know that but you’re right! Of all things you’d think they would pay attention to the important things.

    So how did I spend my Easter? Saturday night my sister and I had dinner with my step-son and his wife and there were plenty of margaritas flowing and we had a great time.

    Sunday my sister, brother, sister-in-law and my Mom got together for dinner and more margaritas were served. Oh yeah, the food was wonderful both nights but the company was even better.

    Here in the states on the History channel The Bible has been playing and last night was the final night. I had to get caught up with last weeks and then I watched the final one. It was excellent and that was my Easter weekend. No holiday for me today I’m afraid.

    Thanks for sharing this Annie and have a great week.


  2. Hi Annie,

    This time I didn’t write about this holiday on my blog, but man, did we had nice Easters in France as kids.

    We used to have many cocottes en chocolat, and more. And yes, do I miss the 2 day Easter celebration too. Here is only Easter Sunday. What happened to Monday? :)

    I missed the chocolate treats of Easter in France beause they’re so much better looking and better taste than they are over her in the US.

    1. Hahah, sylviane, I don’t know what happened to Easter monday. The weather was horrible this easter and the easter egg hunting did not go well for the kids. it rained and was very cold. :) oh well maybe next year..

  3. Hi Annie,

    It must be lovely to be on a three day weekend in France :) I love the colorful eggs and all the shares that people are busy doing on FB and other places – makes one want to celebrate it too :)

    Wish you and family a very Happy Easter – have a nice time all of you. :)

    1. Thanks Harleena for the well wishes. Happy easter to you too. i am full from chocolate.

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