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France- culture project

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Eva Freije

on 6 May 2013

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CULTURE PROJECT CUISINE CELEBRATIONS RELIGION - French cuisine evolved over centuries, and dates back to the middle ages -January 6th : is Epiphany, or the fete de Rois as it is commonly called. People gather to eat a special cake, known as a king cake or gallette des rois . The galette contains a small figurine. Whoever finds the figurine in their piece of galette wears a paper crown and becomes the king or queen. -France is a country where freedom of religion and freedom of thought are guaranteed by virtue of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. FACTS FRANCE France - France is located in Western Europe ABOUT FRANCE - Very cool winters and mild summers CLIMATE - France has the largest land area of any Western European nation - Paris is the capital city, and is the largest city in France - Population: 65.44 million - Land area:547,030 square kilometers - shares boarders with Andorra, Monaco, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain - Along the Mediterranean they experience the opposite; mild winters and hot summers - In the spring, temperatures go to above 20C in the south - Temperatures reach between 25-30C and allows for many tourists to visit the beautiful beaches - an average of 25 inches of rain each year - Each region in France has its own unique and traditional style of cooking its food. There are various regions in France that are known for their specialty in popular food and drinks -The cuisine of the north uses butter and dairy products, while southern dishes contain olive oil, tomatoes, and herbs. Along the coast, seafood is plentiful. -baguette, a thin long loaf of bread. It is usually eaten as a sandwich and filled with things such as: butter, cheese, ham, pate, or salami. -truffles called “black diamonds”. They are a warty fungus that grows underground and are a luxury in France -There are more than 350 different varieties of cheeses. Some are hard, some soft, some are flavored with herbs, nuts, or peppercorns. -Along the coast, seafood is plentiful allowing a variety of sea food dishes to be made -April 1st: Reserved for playing jokes on each other, called les poissons d'avril. Children color and cut out paper fish and try to tape them on the backs of unsuspecting parents, friends, and teachers -May 8th: La Fete de la Victoire is a political holiday. The French celebrate victory over the Germans and the end of WWII with a ceremony around the monument aux morts -July 14th: one of the most famous French celebrations, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille by the people of France and the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The day is celebrated with military parades all over France and fireworks shown throughout the evening -Approximately 80% of the population is dedicated to the catholic religion -The Protestant Religion is represented by about one million French people in France. -Islam today is the second largest religion in Europe. There are currently believed to be about five million Muslims in France. -France has had a Jewish community since Roman times, however it was largely wiped out during the Middle Ages MUSIC -The history of French music dates back to the 10th century -The music of France is not represented by any single style, it consists of several different types. The most iconic French sound is the accordion, which originated in Paris in the 19th century - In the mid-20th century France experienced a major folk and folk-rock revival. Young musicians fanned out to the country side to explore their roots, collecting ideas for songs and use of new instruments -The most celebrated classical music era from France is known as the Romantic Era -One of the most popular symbols in France is the Eiffel tower which is a famous tourist attraction that stands at 300 meters tall. - France is the largest nation in Western Europe and has seven mountains and five major rivers. - France has had only three presidents in the last 32 years: Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac. -The Statue of Liberty was made in France and then gifted to the U.S in 1886, in the celebration of its centennial - French is the second most commonly taught foreign language, after English. - France is the most visited country in the world with 75 million tourists yearly. - Famous French inventions include: the hot air balloon, the submarine, and the parachute -The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years. -French toast and french fries aren’t French inventions -
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