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Why is Easter called Paques in French?

Why is Easter called Pâques in French?

Easter is called ‘Pâques’ with a capital ‘P’ and an ‘s’ at the end. This comes from the Latin word ‘Pascua’ which means food. French people wish each other “Joyeuses Pâques”. Easter traditions in France include chocolate, bells, eggs, rabbits, chicken and lamb!

What are the 4 definite articles in French?

A definite article is specific, it defines the number and gender of the noun it corresponds to. In English, the only definite article is the, whereas in French there are four of them: la, le, l’ and les. Please note, le or la change to l’ before a noun beginning in a vowel or an h (the h is silent in French).

What do the French eat on Easter?

As with many national holidays it is a French tradition to have a family meal at Easter. Often this will include lamb as the main course which is a symbol of spring and new life. Usually, dessert is chocolate-based and, as with all good French meals, there is a cheeseboard.

Why is Pâques plural?

Easter in French is Pâques. It is a plural word, it’s spelled with an S and a circumflex accent.

Do the French eat hot cross buns?

The French don’t do hot cross buns. Toasted spiced buns studded with juicy raisins and oozing with butter, hot cross buns are an Easter treat that can be enjoyed in the weeks running up til Easter. But not in France.

Where is le la les used?

le, la and les are the french equivalents for the. As French makes a distinction between “masculine and feminine objects”, people use le for masculine things/persons and la for feminine things/persons. However, in the plural, only les is used whatever the gender is.

Why do the French have bells for Easter?

Because according to French Catholic tradition, they’ve sprouted wings and flown to Italy. The legend goes that in remembrance of the death of Jesus, the bells head to the Vatican carrying with them the grief of anyone who is mourning the crucifixion.

How do you say Happy Easter in Quebec?

We will get onto that later but for a start, on the day, it is natural to say to friends and family “Joyeuses Pâques” (Happy Easter).

What is the Easter Bunny called in France?

Probably the strangest thing for an expat in France to get their head around is the lack of Easter Bunny. We Anglos know that it’s an enormous adorable fluffy bunny that brings us chocolate eggs at Easter – but in France it’s bells. Yes, bells.

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