Saturday, 29 May 2010

Fête des Mères

Tomorrow, the last Sunday in May, France celebrates the Fête des Mères or Mother's Day, two weeks later than other countries around the world.
A lovely tradition here in Normandy (maybe in other parts of France too, although I can't be sure) is for local shopkeepers to present their female customers with a single long stemmed rose.
This morning at my local boulangerie I came away not only with a wonderfully fresh pain paysan for lunch but a beautiful red rose shyly presented to me by Madame's young son.

Wishing you all a lovely Fête des Mères wherever you are.


  1. What a beautiful tradition! I love it!

    Happy Mother's Day to you. I hope you have a fabulous day!

    Best wishes,

  2. Such a lovely tradition for the shopkeepers to give out roses to the women who enter the shop. When my daughter was studying in Cortona, Italy there was a special day - I think it was called "Bella Donna" day and the shopkeepers gave all the ladies little bunches of yellow flowers. Sunshine Always!

  3. What a lovely tradition. Happy Mother's Day! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  4. Bonne Fete des Meres! No accents possible here, but the sentiment is true! Lovely to be given a rose on a Saturday morning - I'd feel special all day.

  5. Lovely sweet tradition, sugar.

  6. Maggie, what a sweet tradition. Those French really know how to treat their customers.
    Enjoy your weekend. Hugs ~ Sarah

  7. Just think how much peace there would be in the world, if we ALL did that! What a lovely tradition. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Happy Mother's Day to you Maggie!

  9. The rose is also a custom in Paris: when I was visiting there some years ago I was given one by the owner of a shop where I was buying roast chicken and potatoes for Sunday Lunch. Needless to say I was thrilled!! As a Francophile I'mv very pleased to have found your blog.


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