Your Friday French Fundamentals: Les Cloches de Pâques

March 21st, 2013

clo·ches de Pâ·ques [klɔʃ də pɑk]

The mix-up: Literally, Easter bells – if you have “sleigh bells” in mind, you would think the bells are ringing for the season.

Actual meaning: In France, church bells are silenced from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Children are told that the bells have flown off to Rome and that when they fly back they will drop chocolate eggs in backyards.

Food for thought: The reintroduction of eggs in the diet celebrates the end of the privations of Lent: around Easter, French chocolateries fill their windows with them, alongside hens, bunnies, fish, and winged cloches.


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