Sociology Index

Culture, Customs and Traditions in France

Social Customs And Traditions

"'Culture' derives from a French term, which in turn derives from the Latin 'colere,' meaning to tend to the earth and grow, cultivate and nurture," Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Tourists flock to France for its cuisine, landmarks and diverse culture. The French culture is characterised by the French penchant for tradition.

Easter, known as ‘Pâques’ in France, begins on Maundy Thursday as a remembrance of the passion and death of Christ. There is no ringing of church bells for three days but they are rung on Easter morning. A Easter lunch in France consists of quail eggs on arugula greens or celery salad, roasted leg of lamb with green beans and other spring vegetables.

Celebrate Bastille Day, Christmas and Easter by experiencing the customs and traditions in France. Explore the heritage of this country through Brittany crêpes, Reims champagne and Provençal melons. Make that trip to France with the security of one of Globelink’s travel insurance policies for your safety and peace of mind. The French Santa Claus is known as ‘Père Noël’ who fills French children’s shoes instead stockings, with confectionary, money and small toys.

French revere their independence. La Fête Nationale is celebrated on 14th July, which is like the American Fourth of July celebration. ‘Bastille Day’, commemorates the prison break, or the start of the French Revolution in 1789, and features fireworks and a culinary display of cassoulet, palmier, bouillabaisse, clafoutis, ratatouille, coq au van, and boeuf Bourgignon. ‘La Marseillaise’, their national anthem, is played all day in restaurants, bars, homes, and all public places.

French people have the cultural tradition of celebrating the birth and resurrection of Christ. ‘Les fêtes de Noël’ is the French Christmas, characterised by Mass in the late evening and followed by le Réveillon. The dinner includes saumon fume or smoked salmon, and dinde aux marrons or chesnut-stuffed turkey.