The more you learn about French traditions and culture, the more you will want to learn. France has a long
and varied history to draw upon, and countless legends and customs have been passed from generation to generation.
In addition, each region of France is quite unique and proudly boasts its own version of French culture. Learning
about these cultural traditions is a richly rewarding endeavour and just pure fun.
It should come as no surprise that in a country so reputed for its gastronomical know-how that many
traditions and customs in France center around food. If you are planning a trip to France, or just taking
a vacation in your dreams, I hope you will partake of the incredible and edible experience that is offered by France
for our enjoyment.
New Year's Eve in France
Many people in France ring in the New Year with a special meal. This is sometimes prepared at home for friends,
but you will also find elaborate meals and dancing (les soirées dansantes
) at many restaurants
History of French Fries
This is one "French" tradition you'll find all over the world. Learn about the controversy over who invented
the French fry, as well a bit about Antoine-Augustine Parmentier, the man behind the potato's acceptance in Europe.
Mardi Gras in France
The period leading up to Lent is celebrated in France, as it is in many places in the world, with much merry-making
and fanfare. Learn about some of the French traditions in Guyane, an overseas department of France in South America.
French Yule Log
This is a wonderful French custom going back many, many centuries. The modern day take on the buche de Noël
usually a sweet cake, and included here is a simple recipe along with the story of this custom.
French Table Setting
If you are invited to a formal French dinner, it is a good idea to know a little on this subject. Although
you will find most things where you are probably used to seeing them, there are some differences in how the
French set the table from other places in the world.
French Eating Customs
You may be surprised to find out how regimented the French can be about eating. Learn the hours and names of typical French meals.
French Table Manners
Once you have figured out which fork to use to eat your snails, the rest is pretty simple. Other than the usual etiquette rules designed to make the dining experience pleasant for everyone, there are a few rather obscure and amusing French traditions when sitting down to eat.
Bastille Day is probably the best known of the uniquely French holidays, but it certainly isn't the only chance
to celebrate in France. Indeed, celebrations take place throughout the year and one is never far off from an
excuse to pop open a bottle of champagne.
Easter in France
French traditions for Easter include chocolate bells and a big family luncheon, many times featuring lamb dishes.
The celebrating continues with Easter Monday, a national holiday, a day many people celebrate by eating omelets.