Happy New Year 2020-Happy New Year In France
New Year in France is better known as Jour des Étrennes. It is celebrated on January 1 (according to the Gregorian Calendar) with great pomp and show. Jour des Étrennes is one of the oldest festivals celebrated all over France. People are highly excited to bid goodbye to the past year and to welcome the coming year. The New Year holidays in France ends on January 6 with the ceremonial cutting of a particular type of festive cake called la galette des Rois.
New Year’s Eve Celebration in France
The French call New Year’s Eve la Saint-Sylvestre. On this day they host a special New Year feast called le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre which consists of customary dishes like pancakes, foie gras (flavoured duck or goose) and champagne. French believe this special dinner brings prosperity to the house.
New Year in France is mostly a private affair when people like to have dinner with their dear ones and enjoy ball called une soirée dansante. In South-Western France, there is a tradition to attend the evening mass and participate in the torchlight procession heading towards the vineyards for mulled wine.
New Year Celebrations in France
The French love to dine with their loved ones on New Year’s Day. They celebrate every moment with high festive spirit and mood. Along with partying hard, French love the tradition of gift-giving and follow its seriousness. They consider it more auspicious to present gifts on New Year than any other festival. They greet each other with New Year cards, cakes and other promising goodies. French Cruises
French Cruises have become an ideal option for a gala New Year. People book these cruises a month before the festival. Nowadays, people have started preferring it more than any other New Year party idea.
New Year Parade in Paris
One of the famous New Year parades takes place in Paris. It is not to be missed by the 2-day festival. Thousands of performers – singers, dancers and entertainers steal the show. The parade marches through various streets. It mostly goes through Chantilly on December 31 and reaches Trocadéro, under the Eiffel Tower on January 1.
Poisson d’ Avril means April fish in French. When Charles IX, declared January 1 as the New Year’s day, and those who did not follow it as New Year’s day were called fools. People started playing pranks on them by sending fake party invitations and gifts. This day has become a part of fun and enjoyment for French children. Nowadays even shops display pictures of chocolate fish.