"la galette des rois" the French king cake is traditionally served on January 6, a Christian holy day called Epiphany, and mostly known as the 3 wise men visit to baby Jesus. In France the tradition of serving this puff pastry and almond cream tart can be traced back to the 14th century. A small porcelain figurine (la fève) is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favor is then crowned king/queen for the day. So don't chew too hard in this delicious pastry, and save your teeth!!
In French, we call New Year's Eve "La Saint-Sylvestre" (pronounced "la sin(nasal) seal vay str") or "Le Réveillon du Nouvel An". Celebrated during the night of December 31st, we usually party with friends and/or family, in a more or less formal way. Let's see what French people do on New Year's Eve and learn the vocabulary.
What does "Black Friday" mean and is it popular in France? This article in the form of an easy French English bilingual story takes a closer look at the vocabulary and French traditions for the huge American after Thanksgiving sale called "Black Friday" and the one held on the next Monday called "Cyber Monday".
Camille and I sometimes have students or friends from the US/Canada asking us about how we celebrate Thanksgiving in France. The short answer is "we don't" and that often comes to a them as a surprise... In this article, you'll find Thanksgiving French vocabulary as well as how to thank in French, and cultural notes about "le Jour de l'Action de Grâce(s)" as they say in Québec.
We don't typically celebrate Halloween in France. In the 1990s, young French hipsters started to have costume parties for Halloween, and some bars and restaurants took up the trend as well (French people typically love costume parties, they are very popular for New Year's Eve or birthdays, even among grown-ups).
Most French students know that French has several forms for you: "tu" and "vous". If knowing which one to use when meeting a French person is not always easy, it's even harder to decide when it's time to switch from "vous" to "tu", and how to do the transition smoothly. Today, I will give you some useful French sentences for switching from "vous" to "tu", plus many cultural tips.