Culture and traditions in Provence

  • Easter traditions in Provence
    Easter traditions in Provence
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    Easter traditions in Provence do not really differ from those of other French regions, unlike Christmas traditions. We just have a few habits strongly rooted in the Catholic religion, which is very present here… and sometimes specialties that have become rare, hidden in a village that perpetuates a recipe. But the symbols of the Easter period are the same as everywhere in France: chocolate eggs, hens, bells, lamb, fish. Do you know the origin of Easter egg hunt? And why offer chocolate? Learn...

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  • Lavender from Provence, the ‘blue gold’ renowned throughout the world!
    Lavender from Provence, the ‘blue gold’ renowned throughout the world!
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    If we believe its nickname ‘blue gold’, French lavender from Provence is the dream of tourists all over the world. There is even a lavender tour to guide visitors to the fields of Haute Provence during the lavender flowering season. Do we know enough about this beloved aromatic plant? Doesn't such a great fame too often hide the lavender health benefits and virtues? Discover the secrets and treasures of our unique blue plant, symbol of the region from the blooming field to the harvest,...

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  • Santons figurines of Provence: the art and tradition of the Provencal Christmas crib
    Santons figurines of Provence: the art and tradition of the Provencal Christmas crib
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    How about a stroll in the country of santons figurines of Provence, to know their history, their manufacture, and the Christmas traditions ? How to create a crib with clay little saints ? We tell you all about this age-old craft from the Provençal culture and these figurines representing Jesus Nativity.

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  • Provencal printed fabrics and indiennes of Provence
    Provencal printed fabrics and indiennes of Provence
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    Fascinating evolution of cotton fabrics and Provencal prints, which make their way over the centuries and still seduce as much. Since the sixteenth century to the present day, let’s see how these colorful, floral and light fabrics have conquered generations by adapting to the times. The Provencal fabrics are the unalterable impression of the art of living in Provence.

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  • The most important holidays of the Provencal calendar - Provencal Christmas
    The most important holidays of the Provencal calendar - Provencal Christmas
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    Deeply rooted in the culture of Provence are calendales holidays. This begins December 4, the day of St. Barbara, and end on the eve of Candlemas, when we must defeat the crib ... It is a period that spreads out on the last month of the year and the first of the following year, the hardest to pass because the harshest winter in Provence. It is also a tradition closely linked to religion of Provence, predominantly Catholic, and this is certainly one of the reasons why this festival has special...

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  • Three different Provence
    Three different Provence
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    Since the twentieth century, we can see the heart of cultural Provence through three major influences that identify three very marked terroir: firstly, Provence Mistral, most central, the plains; Then Provence of Jean Giono, to the east and a more mountainous; Finally, the Provence of Marcel Pagnol, one bordering the Mediterranean Sea. These three Provence juxtapose a folkloric and linguistic point of view, and recross for doing a unit where all the Provence identify with the great traditions...

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