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The Bastille Day French Festival wishes you a Joyeuses Pâques.

We hope this holiday provides you with a much-needed break and a chance to spend time with family and friends.

The planning of the festival is starting to ramp up and we are looking forward to sharing many exciting things over the coming months!

Easter in France

Easter, or Pâques in French, is an important time in France to be with family. Whether or not one celebrates, the public holiday allows many across the country to gather together. Unfortunately, this year many families will have to celebrate virtually as France is currently in lockdown.
 
The French word for Easter – Pâques – is an interesting one as it does not only refer to the festival of Easter! When it has an ‘s’ the word designates the Christian festival but without – la Pâque – it denotes the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pessa’h, which is usually celebrated around the same time. In fact, the word is both a masculine singular and feminine plural noun. One wishes "Joyeuses Pâques" but would say "Pâques est célébré entre 22 mars et le 25 avril". Just another marvelous quirk of the French language!
 
Like in Australia, Easter is a long weekend. However, only Easter Monday is a public holiday; Good Friday is not a day off for most of France. The exception is the départements of Alsace and Moselle. This is due to the fact that these regions were formally part of the German Empire which celebrated Good Friday a public holiday; when the territories were returned to France in 1918, they decided to maintain the local observance.

French Easter foods reflect the coming of spring. Traditional dishes include a leg of lamb, chosen for its biblical significance; la gâche de Pâques, brioche with a dyed Easter egg placed in the centre; and of course, chocolate!

In France, Easter eggs are not brought by the Easter Bunny but rather by flying bells returning from a visit to the Vatican. According to legend, all the church bells in France fly to the Vatican on Good Friday and return on Easter Sunday bringing chocolate and eggs. In accordance with this story, church bells are not rung on Good Friday or Easter Saturday. Consequentially, it is quite common to see French Easter chocolates in the shape of bells.
 
The largest Easter Egg hunt in France is held at the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte just outside of Paris. In the 33-hectare grounds of this grand palace, designed by the same team who created Versailles, thousands of eggs are hidden for young and old alike to discover. Wouldn't that be a wonderful place to go looking for eggs?

Prix des Français.es en Australie 

The Courrier Australien, in conjunction with the French Embassy and French Consulate of Sydney, has created an annual readers’ prize to recognise French people living in Australia who have excelled in their field.

This Prix des Français.es en Australie aims to reward both recently arrived French citizens, and those who are long-established, whose community engagement and talents have contributed to the promotion of France across Australia.

There are five  5 categorises in which one can be nominated :
Solidarité / Solidarity – recognises those French citizens who have distinguished themselves through their care and support for the community
Entreprenariat / Entrepreneurship – aims to pay tribute to the artisans, creators and rising business executives
Innovation et recherche / Innovation and Research ­– hopes to reveal to the public the French researchers who work in Australia as well as those entrepreneurs who have implemented innovative solutions in their field
Sport et culture / Sports and culture – honours artists and athletes for their brilliant accomplishments
Jeunesse / Youth – rewards those young people, under the age of eighteen, whose exceptional nature has already begun to shine.

So if you know any exceptional Frenchies you have until May 2nd to nominate them!

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