How They Celebrate Easter In France ~ Limoges Boxes Commemorating Easter
Easter is a special time of celebration in France, as it is in most countries, and is accompanied by various religious ceremonies commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The mainstream customs involving rabbits, chocolates and eggs are also prevalent in France at this time of year. And unsurprisingly, given France's renowned culinary talents, many of their Easter traditions include food. So, of course, as with any celebration, occasion and theme, French Limoges boxes provide a plethora of collectible, decorative and gift styles to commemorate and celebrate Easter.
Easter Limoges boxes portraying the Last Supper and Crucifixion of Christ as well as a country church make the perfect collectibles for Easter.
90% of the French population is Roman Catholic, which is why each city, village or town has a church. On the Thursday before Good Friday, all the church bells are silent to acknowledge Jesus' death. Then, on Easter morning, the bells ring out again in celebration of the Resurrection, declaring that Jesus is indeed risen and alive again. In some villages, rejoicing breaks out in the town when they hear the bells ring, much like when we celebrate the New Year.
A magnificent jeweled Holy Bible with greatly detailed images of the risen Christ stained glass and a beautiful country church Limoges boxes are the perfect religious memorabilia for Easter and all occasions.
Easter morning is a happy time for children who wake to look for colorfully decorated Easter eggs (les oeufs de Pâques) hidden in their homes, yards, and playgrounds. While we use decorated hard boiled eggs for these hunts in America, the French usually use small, un-ornamented chocolate eggs.
Easter Egg-Hunt Limoges boxes make colorful and fun additions to any Easter decor
A few games that are played as part of Easter celebrations involve raw eggs. In one scenario, competitors roll their eggs down a slight slope, and the unharmed egg is declared victorious, symbolizing the stone that was rolled away from Jesus' tomb. Children also play a game where raw eggs are tossed into the air and the first child to drop and break his egg is the loser, and must pay a penalty such as sharing Easter candy with their brothers or sisters.
Children are not the only ones who have all the giddy excitement on this holiday, as Easter is the perfect time of year for master chocolatiers to display and celebrate their over-sized ornamental delicious treats in candy shops. As a result of their great attention to detail and years of practice, these beautiful chocolate eggs look more like works of art than something to be eaten. They are truly awe inspiring, and many people enjoy passing the candy shop windows as if they are at a museum or art exposition.
In addition to the sweets, French families often enjoy a very special home cooked meal on Easter Sunday. After a light appetizer (like quiche, soup, or salad) the main course is served, which is typically a lamb dish. Following the main course, everyone enjoys wine, cheese, and baguettes. And lastly, Easter dinners are finished with a chocolaty dessert. The French Easter dinners are always appetizing and colorful, and are meant to be enjoyed slowly.
These beautiful Limoges boxes from LimogesCollector.com highlight the cultural customs that take place in France and around the world as we make Easter a memorable time each year. Make your Easter a special one to remember with a French Limoges box keepsake, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, family, and new beginnings. We wish a “Joyeuses Pâques” (Happy Easter) to you all wherever you spend your holiday.