Life in Provence is magical and here are a few traditions.
Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve
Pastoral memories mixed with Christmas ritual, as five lambs participate in the ceremony.
Thirteen Christmas desserts
Symbolizing Christ and the Apostles, the meal of the Christmas Eve includes dried fruit and griddle cakes.
Scenes are made of biblical characters with Santon figures of Provencal villagers.
Fete de la Saint Jean
In Valreas medieval parades attend the election of a boy-child to “protect the town”.
Fete des Tripettes, Barjols
Incongruously, celebrates both the relics of St Marcel and the importance of the bulls. 2nd weekend January
Fete de La Tarasque, Tarascon
Tarasque “reappears” to terrify revellers. Last weekend of June.
Fete de la Transhumance, Riez
Takes place on Sunday, mid-jun. Sheep cross the village to upland pasture, giving rise to festivities.
Fete de La Lavande, Sault
Takes places on August 15. The heartland of Lavender celebrates its traditions.
Fete des Mimosas, Bormes -les- Mimosas
Lots of festivities amid the flowers. This event takes place every year as well, Mid-Feb.
Fete des Vins
The wine district welcomes the new vintage. Takes place the first Sunday of December.