What Are Some Traditional French Customs?


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One example of a traditional holiday in France is "la Toussaint" which is celebrated on the first of November. Another French holiday is "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" which is a holiday for wine lovers.

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La Toussaint Day is a Catholic holiday during which families mourn the dead and visit cemeteries to clean the tombs, bring fresh flowers and pray. It is commonly celebrated with a family meal, but there is no standard for what the meal contains. A traditional item to bring is chrysanthemum flowers because they are still in bloom during the fall. While Halloween isn't a traditional holiday in France, it has been gaining popularity since the 1990s. Young people have adopted the tradition of dressing up in costumes for Halloween parties.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of November. During this holiday wine lovers celebrate by taking part in the traditional tasting of the year's Beaujolais Nouveau. The slogan for this holiday is "Le nouveau est arrivé" which means "the new has arrived!" Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France are the main ingredient in the red wine, Beaujolais Nouveau. It is fermented for only a few weeks prior to its release on the holiday.

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