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A look at how French people celebrate Candlemas. We see a family making pancakes and are then introduced to each family member. Young people tell us what they do on Shrove Tuesday and what is their favourite holiday.
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30 May 2007

Classroom Ideas

Could be used in conjunction with the topic of holidays and festivals. A class could follow the first part of the clip, considering the question whether the French family is celebrating Shrove Tuesday or not. Once the pancakes are being eaten by the family and after the question, “quelle est ta fête préférée?” has been asked, the class could surmise which of the following French festivals match with which dates; The French celebrate the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789 with fireworks and parades (le 14. juillet), the French eat a puff pastry cake which has a lucky charm inside and if you get the charm you are King for the day (le 6. janvier), you may find a paper fish attached to your back (le 1. avril) and on this day, the French never offer flowers to a living soul as all the flowers are reserved for the dead (le 1. novembre).