Whatever shall I do for New Year's Eve? (if I were in Paris)
Well for one thing, someone needs to get me there in the next 7 hours. I even have something to wear! What are the chances of that happening? (even in Austin)
If you're stuck inside, no worries-watch the live webcam de la Tour Eiffel http://bit.ly/ruFtrX I shall be watching no matter where I am.
Russian dress in a French setting while celebrating in Austin. How fun does this sound and why am I just hearing about it now?
The volk ('wolf' in Russian) is the core of this New Years Eve night at Justine's Brasserie. Everyone should come dressed formal, Russian, and opulent, while inside is your animal self, the rabid, wild wolf that comes out on New Years Eve and takes over.
Many parts of the US celebrate the new year by eating black-eyed peas, considered good luck in many cultures. Cabbage is another ‘good luck’ vegetable. Cabbage leaves are considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. Let's not forget watching football all day; a popular custom indeed.
In France, they host a special New Year feast on New Year's Eve called le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre which consists of customary dishes like pancakes, foie gras (flavored duck or goose) and champagne. French believe this special dinner brings prosperity to the house.Combining these two cuisines sounds neither tasty nor prosperous.
New Years Day in France
New Year in France is better known as Jour des Étrennes (Day of Gift Giving). It is celebrated on January 1 (according to the Gregorian Calendar) with great pomp and show. Jour des Étrennes is one of the oldest festivals celebrated all over France. People are highly excited to bid goodbye to the old year and to welcome the coming year. The New Year holidays in France end on January 6 (l'Épiphanie), with the ceremonial cutting of a special type of festive cake called la galette des rois.
New Year in France is mostly a a private affair when people like to have dinner with their dear ones and/or enjoy une soirée dansante (ball). In South Western France, there is a tradition to attend the evening mass and participate in the torchlight procession heading towards the vineyards for mulled wine.
Alongwith partying hard, French love the tradition of gift-giving and take it quite seriously. They consider it more auspicious to present gifts on New Year than any other festival. They greet each other with cards, cakes and other goodies. Interestingly, kissing under the mistletoe is a New Year's custom in France, rather than a Christmas custom as in other countries.
New Year Parade in Paris
One of the famous New Year parades take place in Paris. It is not to be missed 2-day festival. Thousands of performers - singers, dancers and entertainers steal the show. The parade marches through various streets. It mostly goes through Chantilly on 31st December and reach Trocadéro, under the Eiffel Tower on January 1.
Poisson d' avril means April fish in French. When Charles IX, declared January 1 as the New Year's day, and those who did not follow it as New Year's day were called fools. People started playing pranks on them by sending fake party invitations and gifts. This day has become a part of fun and enjoyment for French children. Now-a-days even shops display pictures of chocolate fish.
I don't have any profound statements to make about 2012. I shall continue my French studies, make new friends française, and plot et plan mon retour à Paris. Have a wonderful time tonight wherever you go, and une Bonne Année tout le monde!