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    Easter in France

    In France, Shrove Tuesday is referred to as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

    In France, church bells ring joyfully during the year. But the bells stop ringing on the Thursday before Good Friday. They are silent for a few days while people remember the death of Jesus. On Easter Sunday morning, the bells ring out, telling people that Jesus is alive again. When people hear the bells, they kiss and hug one another.

    Many children wake up on Easter Sunday and find eggs scattered about their rooms. They look in the nests they have placed in their yards or gardens and find Easter eggs in them. The eggs are said to have been bought from Rome where the bell ringing had gone to see the Pope and when the bells returned they bought with them the eggs.

    In some parts of France, children look for four white horses pulling a chariot full of eggs.

    In France the children throw eggs up in the air. The first one to drop it loses.

    An old French custom was a contest of rolling raw eggs down a gentle slope--the surviving egg was the victory egg and symbolized the stone being rolled away from the tomb.

    In France an egg game played is that in which the eggs were thrown up in the air and caught. The boy who dropped his egg had to pay a forfeit.

    In France the children are told that it is the church bells that have been to Rome to fetch them their eggs.

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