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Easter in Paris 2016 - Bunny

Easter 2016 in Paris

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As a country famed for its culinary excellence, where better to spend Easter than enjoying long meals in the charming setting of Paris.

We have created the following page to tell you about how best to spend the Easter weekend, including going to mass in some of the most beautiful churches, admiring a whole host of impressive creations in chocolateries, and partaking in the traditional Easter egg hunt in some of the most beautiful parks across the city.

If you love French cuisine and culture, you could not have picked a better time to visit Paris!

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In France, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are bank holidays so all public services and many restaurants and cafes will be closed.
Public transport will also be run at a limited service - and bear in mind that even though Good Friday is not a bank holiday, transport out of Paris will be very busy as Parisians make use of the long weekend.

Religious services:

Notre Dame:
Where better than to spend Easter Sunday morning, than in Paris’ (or even the world’s) most beautiful and atmospheric church?

Mass is held at:
8.30 am 
9.30am: laudes
10am: Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter
11.30am: mass presided over by Cardinal
12.45pm: mass celebrated at the main altar
5.45pm: vespers
6.30pm: mass

The church will be very busy so arrive as early as possible before your chosen service to get a pew!

Sacré Coeur:
The iconic Sacré Coeur will be another popular option for mass on Easter Sunday and services are held throughout the day. On Easter Sunday (as on other Sundays and Feast days) translations of readings and hymns are given in English, German, Spanish and Italian on mass sheets.

7am mass

Parisianist Tip: We highly recommend the Saturday evening service (Mass of the Resurrection) at 9pm at the Sacré Coeur. This is not only a highly atmospheric and moving service, but is also incredibly beautiful with the bone fire on the steps of the Basilica beforehand, set against the backdrop of the nighttime view over Paris.

This charming church dating back to the late fifteenth century is located right by the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter is the perfect option if you want to escape the crowds at the Notre Dame or the Sacré Coeur and have a more intimate setting. It is a 5 minute walk from the lively, pedestrianised rue Mouffetard and the colloquial square of Place de la Contrescarpe which would be perfect for an atmospheric post-mass drink or meal.

Mass is held at 11am and 6.45pm on Easter Sunday.

American Church:
Whilst services in French can be very atmospheric and memorable, if you would rather attend a service in English, head to this American expat hub, located close to the Eiffel Tower.

On Easter Sunday, services are as follows:
7.30 am sunrise service on the quai by the church
9am traditional service with choir
11am traditional service with choir
1.30pm contemporary service with a band

Other Easter Traditions:

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without its fair share of chocolate and you’ll be relieved to hear this tradition also exists in Paris! Expect the standard to be even higher, as France is famed for having some of the finest chocolate makers in the world - and you’ll find the highest concentration in Paris.

In the run up to the Easter weekend (and afterwards, given how early the weekend falls this year), chocolatiers will be showcasing their most intricate creations and these are worth seeing just to admire, even if the more high-end options are out of your budget.

Some of our favourite places include, Fauchon (near Madeleine) with its delicious range of chocolate eggs, chickens and bells, Pierre Hermé near Saint Sulpice, as well as Patrick Roger’s (Place de Madeleine and Boulevard St Germain) where you can see some of the most impressive chocolate designs that Paris has to offer. Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse is also another good shout with locations across Paris, including near Bastille and Saint Germain des Prés.

In many of these places you will find “chocolate fish” - a tradition in France that historically had more to do with April Fool’s Day than Easter but now the two are almost simultaneous. French children would stick paper fish onto the backs of nearby adults shouting “Poisson d’Avril!” and these adults would then respond by giving the children chocolate fish!

Cloche volantes (or ‘Flying Bells’) are another French tradition based on the traditional belief that on Good Friday all of the church bells in France would fly to the Vatican, taking with them the grief of those mourning Jesus’ crucifixion and return on Easter Sunday  morning to ring and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Inkeeping with this, church bells in France tend not to ring between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

 Look out for these uniquely French traditions when out buying your chocolate!

Activities for children:

Over the Easter weekend, a whole load of easter egg hunts are organised for children across Paris and both locals and tourists are welcomed-alike!

Some of the most exciting options include:

The Secours Populaire Easter Egg Hunt at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on Easter Sunday (27th March), 10am-5pm. 20,000 eggs will be hidden for children (and their parents) to find, in support of the Secours Populaire charity. Other activities will then follow, including hunting and fishing for eggs, make-up and dance workshops, and other sporting activities. Booking:

An Easter egg hunt in the gardens of the Château de Thoiry. 9,000 eggs will be hidden in an area separate from the park’s wild animals (which can then be visited later!) and specially adapted for younger children. 20 ‘surprise’ eggs will also be hidden, containing an annual pass to the park. 27th and 28th March, 10am-1pm. Booking:

Easter Hunt at Disneyland Paris! On Sunday, 27th March and Monday, 28th March, children aged 3-10 can explore the ‘Easter Maze’ to find their eggs. - Free!

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