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Traditions - Tourist Office of Saint-Remy de Provence

Transhumance (Whit Monday)
One of the most beautiful traditional holidays in Provence. Every year, flocks of sheep leaving the Provence in the spring pastures of the Alps. This trip was formerly on foot, sometimes requiring more than ten days' journey. This festival recreates an ancient custom.
It meets every year all the farmers of the region and their flocks, more than 4000 sheep, lambs and rams and goats and donkeys transhumance framed by shepherds in traditional costume parade in the morning around the city center.
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13-desserts-saint-remy-de-provenceThe 13 Desserts of Christmas
The 13 desserts evoke Jesus and his 12 apostles and come from "beggars" (dried fruit) which are, by their colors, the clothes of the congregations of monks:
- Fig dry, for the Carmelite
- Almonds, for the Dominicans
- Nuts, for the Franciscans
- The Noisettes, to the Capuchins.
- Raisins, the largest and tasty, to keep a good view.
- Apples,
- Pears,
- Melon Green, for the freshness of the mind.
- The black and white nougat to the mood of the day.
- White grapes, for the vitality.
- The pump olive oil, guarantee of success.
- The quince, for a year of wealth.
- The Mandarins, the success of the wishes expressed in the silence of the heart.

Midnight Mass (Christmas)
Saturday, December 24 from 22:30 collegiate church of Saint-Martin
Midnight Mass is marked in St. Remy de Provence pastrage ceremony, which is the offering of the latest lamb to the infant Jesus from being born. This symbolizes the triumph of life over darkness, a symbol dating back to ancient times and the origins of Christianity. Midnight Mass in Provence is preceded by the huge meal is shared with the family. The thirteen desserts are traditional tastes of the mass return

Pastoral Yvan Audouard
Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 18h and 20h, Favier Place
Directed by André Lévêque, "Pastoral" is conceived with amateur actors from Saint-Remy, playing the role of a Santon of Provence. The story of the nativity, from the perspective of Yvan Audouard.
It promises to Saint-Remy and visitors an evening of traditional Christmas in Provence. Dress warmly!

History of the Pastoral ...
The term pastoral is certainly referring to the shepherds.
It has been widely used in the seventeenth century to describe the mode setting, linked to a return to the countryside to which referred elites happy.
The pastoral Provence also relate to medieval mystery plays, which already accounted for in the theater scenes from the Bible.
They are played and sung theater reminiscent of Christ's birth in Provence, in the middle of the little people - and especially the shepherds.
The first of its kind witnessed is that of Antoine Maurel, created a patronage Marseille in 1844. Its success was so great that this work was constantly imitated, first in Provencal - in the first pastoral, the common people speak Provençal whereas angels, King Herod and the Magi ... use French - and then in French , as is the case in the pastoral Yvan Audouard.

The Big Dinner Little Market, Fair Market Santons and Creators
Friday 16 from 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, December 18, 2011 - All day Place de la Republique
The Big Dinner Little Market is a real Christmas market in the Provencal tradition. That's why you'll find most necessary ingredients to achieve the 7 dishes and 13 desserts, as this is the practice for generations in the Alpilles and Provence in full (with variations according to region).
Frequently Asked figurines accompany this market and a Provencal market creators that will give you ideas for decorating your Christmas table or your last minute gifts!




Animation during the two days of the Christmas Market

The square of the republic with typical animations:
* Songs of Provence
** Pony rides (carriage) for the youngest of the Place de la Republique to the Place de la Mairie which will recreate The World of Children
** The World of Children
Town Hall Square
Come discover and enjoy this special time for children.
Especially for the occasion 3 cabannes reserved uring will be installed, with workshops treats, decoration and makeup. An inflatable structure will be made available to children the most dynamic!
On Saturday, December 17 afternoon a storyteller fill the imagination of the dreamers
*** The Fire of Saint John Winter
The Respelido which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, on Sunday afternoon will be a Christmas parade in lecentre old and around 17:30 the dancing and singing around the fire of Saint Jean d'Hiver we relive those moments of intense Provencal Christmas.
During these three days, we welcome you in a heated tent and you can come to discover and compose the traditional Provençal Christmas meal. You will also discover the Craft of our region and of course our santonniers will be there to help you achieve your crib Provence.

A special and warm atmosphere to share with us.


Bulls Traditions
Originally, as a resurgence of circus games of antiquity, was practiced in the area of "bullfighting", fighting games and other animals and farmers with bulls. Not until the late nineteenth century that the bull breeders are aware of the importance of race "Camargue" predisposed to the race because of its morphology and its militancy. In the early twentieth century in the Languedoc and in the east of the Bouches du Rhone, the Camargue is truly form and becomes the main movie of the summer holidays. Shopping around in the arenas, different bullfights liven the festivities of the towns and villages in the region. For its proponents, the Bouvine is a true art of living.

Encierro: bull run in the streets.
Abrivado: finished framed bulls to the bullring by the herdsmen.
Bandido: in contrast, return of bulls.

Camarguaise Races: takes place in arenas, the raseteurs dressed in white and fitted with a hook should remove specific attributes (cockade, tassels, ropes) tied between the horns of the bull. These races are often spectacular

The Charettes
It is a specific tradition in the north of Arles, we find traces of these celebrations from the seventeenth century. Each cart or "carreto ramado" represents an agricultural fraternity. The "carreto ramado" carts are large beautifully furnished and decorated with leaves and local products that pass in the villages during celebrations of the brotherhoods like the Saint-Eloi. They are pulled by draft horses harnessed "dramatically" (in single file) whose number varies from twenty to fifty.
These horses were richly caparisoned in the Saracen: flanges and collars adorned with tufts of wool, ribbons, tassels and feathers, small mirrors, bells and bells. Each horse is held by a trooper in traditional dress often accompanied by ladies and young ladies in costume of Arle

The Respelido
Is an association of people who want to live their traditional culture transmitted orally, enriched over the times and modes.
The Respelido did a great job in the collecting from the old and the youngest form of the language of Provence, the traditional cuisine but also the culture of Provence through the customs, history, port, and the history of costume, practice of dance and music.
It plays an important role in maintaining social links between generations, the development of creativity and participates in most of the festivals and events in Saint Rémy

La Lyre Saint-Rémoise
This high-quality music band is an important element of cultural life popular in Saint-Remy de Provence. She often anime places the village at the time of outdoor concerts. His repertoire ranges from Classical to the latest tunes borrowed from jazz to variety.

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