This French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ‘galette des rois’ (or the ‘gateau des rois’ in the South of France) on, or around the 6th January, (the first Sunday of each New Year) actually dates back to the 14th century.
Starting Friday 15th December and running through until Sunday 7th January, Canet en Roussillon invites you to join them for a festive programme bursting with merriment and good cheer.
I’ve just got back from lunch-time Collioure on New Year’s day where the sun shone from a china-blue sky, festive holiday crowds bustled, families and their dogs promenaded….
A popular and much loved Catalan Christmas figure, this small statue, originally of a pooping peasant wearing traditional floppy red Catalan cap (barretina), crouches with trousers half down, in a ‘toilet’ position, making his small contribution to the land. He might be smoking a pipe or reading a newspaper to better pass the time!
These pooey Catalan traditions may shed some light on the popular Catalan saying
“menja bé, caga fort i no tinguis por a la mort!” (Eat well, poo strong and don’t be afraid of death!)
This French Christmas character, the ‘whipping father’, said to accompany Santa on his rounds on 6th December, is fortunately no longer heard of much in French tradition.
He is the ‘Père Noel du Secours Populaire’ and his job is not to hand out presents but to collect them.
A santon (coming from the Provençal santoun or “little saint”.) is a small figurine, usually made out of clay and used in nativity scenes.
These were the unfortunate gals who had not managed to hook themselves a husband by the 25th November, Feast of Saint Catherine, patron saint of young unmarried women
Perpignan has been elected ‘Capital de la Sardana 2019’ as the official dance of Catalonia is elevated to the rank of art.