French traditions

La Toussaint

Publié le 25 October 2018

La Toussaint takes place every year on the 1st of November and is an important holiday of remembrance for French people and their families. Read More

Grand Raid Réunion

Publié le 1 October 2018

The tradition of Grand Raid: a treacherous race over a beautiful island. Would you be up to the challenge? … Read More

Le Festival des Jardins

Publié le 18 July 2018

The ‘Festival des Jardins’ is a horticultural festival that takes place in Chaumont-sur-Loire. The festival has been held every summer since 1992. Read More

Avignon Festival

Publié le 25 June 2018

The Festival d'Avignon, or Avignon Festival, is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July. Read More

Fête de la Saint-Jean

Publié le 22 May 2018

The Fête de la Saint-Jean is an annual celebration that always falls on 24 June. The celebration commemorates the birth of John the Baptist and … Read More

Le 1er mai (1st May)

Publié le 23 April 2018

1st May in France, commonly known as May Day, is a public holiday associated with the lily of the valley flower, which dates back to … Read More

Easter in Martinique

Publié le 22 March 2018

In Martinique, Easter is very different to the traditional European holiday. Be prepared to eat curry and watch crab racing! … Read More

La Fête du Citron

Publié le 23 February 2018

The theme of this year’s Fête du Citron is Bollywood, so if you take a trip to the town of Menton, you might see colourful … Read More

Le Carnaval de Paris

Publié le 23 January 2018

You have probably heard of Rio Carnival in Brazil, and Notting Hill Carnival in London, but what you may not know is that every year, … Read More

La Galette des Rois

Publié le 18 December 2017

The Galette des rois (‘king cake’) is a dessert that is traditionally served in French households on 6th January, or Epiphany. It is a central … Read More

French Tradition: Les Vendanges

Publié le 6 October 2017

Autumn marks the begining of an age-old French tradition. Les vendanges, the wine harvest, is a time of physically demanding work but has also given … Read More

La rentrée

Publié le 11 August 2017

The month of September is undoubtedly synonymous with la rentrée, especially for all those working with Babylangues, but for the whole of France too. Read More

Les Festivals d’Été

Publié le 28 July 2017

The month of August in France sees various towns, big and small, across the entirety of the country transformed into sites of festivities and summer … Read More

Tour de France

Publié le 29 June 2017

The first ever Tour de France took place on the 1st July 1903. Organised and orchestrated by one man alone, this was to become one … Read More

Roland Garros

Publié le 23 May 2017

Roland Garros, otherwise known as the French Open has undoubtedly become part of French heritage, and is a fantastic event to follow in June in … Read More

The French Election

Publié le 28 April 2017

The French Election - With this years French election coming up in May, we thought it only fitting to explain just quite how it works. Read More


Publié le 31 March 2017

Pâques or Easter in English is a religious festival and is one of the most important holidays in France, it has now become a traditional … Read More


Publié le 7 March 2017

Each year on 20th March the Journée internationale de la Francophonie is celebrated across France. Read More

La Saint-Valentin

Publié le 31 January 2017

Valentine's Day has become a commercial celebration spread across Western Europe but do the French do it differently? … Read More

Les Etrennes

Publié le 31 December 2016

Les Voeux et Les Etrennes is the French tradition of giving presents on New Year's Day. Originating in the Roman period it has prevailed until … Read More

Christmas in Provence

Publié le 30 November 2016

Each region has its own Christmas traditions, but none in France is as rich in colourful traditions as that of Provence in December. Read More

Christmas Shoebox

Publié le 28 November 2016

Many Babylangues Instructors remember putting together a shoebox for Christmas when they were younger so we invite them to share this thoughtful and giving Anglo-Saxon … Read More

Beaujolais Nouveau

Publié le 31 October 2016

Every year on the third Thursday of the month France celebrates the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. Read More

Halloween in France

Publié le 10 October 2016

What happens for Halloween in France? Has this extravagant tradition failed to find its place in France? … Read More

French Gardens

Publié le 31 August 2016

In 2009, the French voted that the garden was the second most important room in the house. Read More

Fête de la Musique !

Publié le 30 May 2016

To acknowledge the summer solstice on 21st June, the Fête de la Musique is an event aimed at all ages and tastes, the chance to … Read More

The 8th May in France

Publié le 6 May 2016

The 8th May is a bank holiday in France to celebrate Victory Day, which marks the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany‘s surrender … Read More

Poisson d’Avril!

Publié le 30 March 2016

French Tradition: Le Poisson d’Avril The origins of what we now know as April Fools’ Day (Poisson d’Avril in France) is believed to trace back … Read More

La Chandeleur

Publié le 2 February 2016

La Chandeleur, known as Candlemas in English, is a festival that designates the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. Read More


Publié le 5 January 2016

The galette des Rois is one of France’s favourite desserts. Read More

Month of Memory

Publié le 27 October 2015

FRENCH TRADITION: With All Saints’ and Remembrance Day, November in France marks the month of memory. Read More

Les Vendanges

Publié le 2 October 2015

“Vendanges” is the term used in France to denote the grape-picking season, with harvests in many regions later used for wine production. Read More

La rentrée littéraire

Publié le 20 August 2015

The rentrée littéraire is a practice adopted by French publishers, characterised by a large number of new book releases (all styles and genres mixed together) … Read More