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.

Nativity scene

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.

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Anne Suire