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Le Jour de l'An

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Transcript of Le Jour de l'An

Le Jour de l'An Basic Facts Le Jour de l'An is the French New Year.
The celebrations of the new year start on December 31st and end on January 6th La Saint-Sykvestre Why is it called that? It is what they call New Year's Eve
There is no reason why it is called la Saint-Sylvestre.
Saint-Sylvestre was the Pope during the reign of Constantine.
Other countries call it this too. The have a feast call le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre.
At the feast they serve pancakes, foie gras (seasoned duck), la galette des rois, and champagne. le Réveillon New Years and the Twelve Days of Christmas (New Years is the 7th day of Christmas) On January 2nd they remember Basil the Great, and Gregory. On January 4th they remember Elizabeth Ann Seton. On January 5th they remember John Neumann. On January 6th they have celebration close to Mardi Gras.
They have a king's cake
They have heart shaped cakes and log shaped ice cream cakes. These cakes are decorated with symbols of winter season and good luck charms. Traditions Old Traditions France has many of the same traditions as America for two days they have a parade in Paris, France. It goes through some of Paris's famous streets, it ends under the Eiffel Tower.
At midnight they kiss under the mistletoe for good luck.
They give out presents like cards, special goodies, and cakes. New Traditions People are starting to go on cruises around the Mediterranean Sea.
In south-western France, one new tradition is to attend the evening mass, and to take part in a torchlight procession heading towards the vineyards for mulled wine. Poisson d'Avril Poisson d'Avril is on April 1st. The last week of March (the 25th to April 1st) used to be considered the new year. The change of dates for the New Year happened in 1564, and since news was harder to spread than it is now, many people didn't know about it. The people that didn't know about the change, or were too stubborn to accept it had paper fish stuck to their backs and were called Poisson d'Avril.
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