From Saint Sylvester to Candlemas
31st December: the Feast Day of Saint Sylvester
People stay up until midnight in order to ring in the New Year and kiss under the mistletoe. The following day, the 1st January, nobody goes to work, and absolutely nobody does the dishes! Children often go to wish their parents and close friends a Happy New Year and receive New Year gifts.
6th January: Epiphanie
The Three Wise Men, travelling to see the baby Jesus arrive, and pipes and tambourines announce their arrival to the village.
To celebrate, we ‘tire les rois’, meaning we eat a brioche crown in their honour, containing candied fruit and a ‘fève’. The youngest sits under the table and chooses the portions given to each guest. The ‘king’ has to bring a cake to the next meal.
2nd February: Candlemas
This marks the end of the Christmas period, the nativity scene is taken down and the santons are put away.