From New Year’s Eve to Candlemas
New Year’s Eve, the 31st of December
We used to stay up until midnight to wish each other a happy new year by kissing under the mistletoe. On the following day, New Year’s Day, no work was done and especially no laundry. The children went to wish their parents and close friends a happy new year. They received gifts.
The 6th of January, the Epiphany
The three wise men, on their way to the cot, arrived and the galoubets and tambourines announced it to the village.
To celebrate them, the kings are “pulled”, it means that a brioche crown with candied fruit is eaten in their honour, with a bean hidden inside. The youngest is under the table and designates for each guest the part that will be attributed to him. The “king” must then bring a cake to the next meal.
The 2nd of February, Candlemas
As the calendar time is really over, the cot is taken down on this day and the santons go back to their occupations.