“La galette des rois” (the cake or “wafer” of the Kings) is a cake celebrating the Epiphany and traditionally sold and consumed a few days before and after this date.In modern France, the cakes can be found in most bakeries during the month of January. Two versions exist: in northern France the cake (which can be either circular or rectangular) consists of flaky puff pastry layers with a dense centre of frangipane. Learn more.
Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year. Learn more
Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July of each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly called le quatorze juillet (the Fourteenth of July). Learn More
At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Learn more.