Culture & traditions
France is the country where the centuries took turn quickly, it saw the palaces of kings and the poverty, the economic growth and the impetuous fall. It was completely destroyed and rebuilt. It dictates the fashion and presented great people to the whole word.
All this proves that France can boast all that is unique in the history, architecture and art. The french blog of the Centre International d’Antibes France offers you to make the trip and discover the culture and traditions of a great nation.
Whenever Easter comes up, we inevitably think of chocolate eggs (or bells in France), bunnies and the famous egg hunt. Other countries, such as Australia, Sweden and Poland, have other fairly surprising traditions, some similar to those in France and others which are quite different.
September is not just about the wine harvest. In France, this time of year is also associated with an enduring ritual: the return to school. On 4 September, after a well-earned two-month break, primary and secondary school pupils – more than 13 million of them in total – cheerfully returned to class with a spring in their step.
Every country has its own regional languages. At a time of globalisation it is important, if we want to hold on to our identity, that we do not forget our roots.
The French national holiday is celebrated on the fourteenth of July each year. It’s worth knowing that it was established in 1880 and it is without a doubt a public holiday. For the French, the day symbolises the end of absolute monarchy and privilege, but also national reconciliation.
My name is Mark Antony’s tribute to Julius Caesar and means ‘the month of Julius’. I symbolise the beginning of the big school holiday, long journeys south, suntan oil, parasols, the beach and lounging around. I am associated with a national holiday and the Tour de France cycle race.
“C’est la vie”, “Comme ci, comme ça”, “Déjà-vu” – just a few of the typically French expressions well known throughout the world
Learning a new language sometimes imply going off the beaten tracks to discover everyday expressions. At Centre International d'Antibes, we always incorporate a dash of fun into our teachings to make them more pleasant but also more relevant to daily conversations.