French Learning Video Blog, Feb 17, on Mardi Gras

French Learning Video Blog, Feb 17, on Mardi Gras

Like This Video 0 1009 admin
Added by February 17, 2015

MARDI GRAS IN FRANCE

SALUT!

Gosh, this week is an eventful week. There seems to be something to celebrate every day! Today, it is Mardi Gras, which I’m sure you know of since some of its biggest celebrations take place in the US, in New Orleans, LA NOUVELLE ORLÉANS, of course.

But what is MARDI GRAS and how do we celebrate it in France? It is originally a Christian tradition, UNE TRADITION CHRÉTIENNE, that takes place exactly 47 days before Easter, and always on a Tuesday. The direct translation of MARDI GRAS is fat Tuesday. It was basically the day people would empty their cupboards LES GENS VIDAIENT LEURS PLACARDS and eat all the meat, LA VIANDE, the eggs LES OEUFS, and sugar LE SUCRE, that they might have left. This way they could fill up with energy and get ready to start a 40-day fasting period that was to be much less exciting, obviously. I don’t know how they did it.

To fast – JEÛNER

An the fasting period is called LE CARÊME, Lent in English.

FAIRE LE CARÊME = to fast for Lent (or for other religious purposes).

Today, MARDI GRAS is associated with Carnival, LE CARNAVAL, and with crepes – yes, we eat some more crepes that day – and with LES BEIGNETS DE CARNAVAL also called LES BUGNES.

UN BEIGNET is a kind of donut. Very fattening and tasty of course.

As for Carnival itself, the word CARNAVAL comes from the latin Carne Levare, that literally means to take off the meat. Again, MARDI GRAS was the last day people could eat meat so they stuffed their faces and stomachs as much as possible. Only normal… And of course they went out to have fun and celebrate before entering some quieter times…

Today the celebrations are still going in various cities around France: in Dunkerque, Nantes or Nice for example. I actually remember dressing up every year for Carnival in the little village where I grew up in the South of France, but I have a feeling the tradition is not so widely spread today. Maybe it’s just a feeling.

Well, that’s it for today’s little cultural point. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. We’ll zoom in on one specific carnival, LE CARNAVAL DE NICE. À DEMAIN!

Similar Videos

CONJUGAISON DU VERBE “ALLER” (Conjugation of the verb “To Go”)

0 4273 0

HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB “ALLER” FRENCH VERB “ALLER” IN THE PRESENT TENSE Watch this French video lesson and learn how to conjugate the verb Aller in the present tense. Then you can practice what you’ve learned using the exercise sheet

French Video Blog, Jan 21st, on talking about cinema

0 4233 0

LET’S TALK MOVIES! Salut! J’espère que vous allez tous très bien! Today is Wednesday, MERCREDI! In France, Wednesday is “cinema day”, so let’s just talk movies! Watching French movies subtitled in English can totally help you improve your French. If

French Lesson 8: Oh Là Là, elle sait pas nager! (Ooh La La, she can’t swim!)

0 1720 0

OH LA LA HOLLYWOOD SPEAKS FRENCH! – EP8 FRENCH LISTENING COMPREHENSION PRACTICE 8 LEARN HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB FAIRE. French lesson 8 includes the verb “faire” in the present tense, to talk about various activities/sports. Webisode 8 is a fun video

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

No Comments Yet!

But You can be first one to write one

Only registered users can comment.