Culture: Exploring the Festival of the Kings
What is the Festival of the Kings?
Join Lidia in Normandy as she celebrates the Festival of the Kings with her family.
Find out what food they eat in France and the traditions that take place on this special day.
When is the Festival of the Kings?
The Festival of the Kings takes place on 6 January, the 12th day after Christmas (
Markets in France
Lidia and her mother travel to the market (
Markets are an important part of life in France. Most towns and villages have a market at least once a week selling local produce.
Did you spot what they were selling at the market in the video?
How do French people celebrate the festival?
Like many families, Lidia buys a Kings’ Cake, (
A charm is hidden inside the cake and whoever receives the piece of cake with the charm (
Festivals and celebrations in France
Can you think of other times, when you might celebrate with your family like this? What about New Year and birthdays?
Here are some celebrations that take place in France:
In France, after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, some families gather together for a feast called
In Provence, in the south of France, there’s a tradition of having 13 desserts!
In the north and north-east of France, the feast day of Saint-Nicolas is also celebrated on 6 December, when Father Christmas (
New Year -
New Year’s Eve is celebrated with friends on 31 December. People have parties and towns and villages might have fireworks or dances.
People give each other chocolate eggs and chocolate bells at Easter and there are Easter egg hunts like in the United Kingdom. It’s not the Easter Bunny who delivers the eggs, but the Easter Bells (
May Day -
la fête du Muguet
The 1 May is celebrated around the world as a spring holiday and in France it is celebrated by giving friends and loved ones a small bouquet of Lily of the Valley (
Eid is 'The Feast of Breaking the Fast' and is celebrated by Muslims in France and worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan. People decorate their homes, spend time with their friends and family and eat a special celebratory meal.
Jewish families in France celebrate Hanukkah or The Festival of Lights (
What to say at celebrations in France
Here are some useful phrases to say at celebrations in France:
|Happy New Year!|
Did you know?
Lidia has lunch at her grandfather’s house. In French, if you want to say you are at somebody's house, you add
chez ma grand-mère– at my grandmother's house chez moi– at my house chez mon ami– at my friend's house (boy) chez mon amie– at my friend's house (girl)
Key French words
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