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No. 228-229: La Fête du Muguet and Faire le Pont

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Now that May is here, we may not be able to enjoy oysters anymore, but in exchange, it is the relaxing month to faire le pont: literally “making a bridge” or bridging the gap, which is a fun way of saying: to take a long (at least four-day) weekend.

This particular May, we are lucky to have three chances to make the bridge.

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As I have mentioned before, the French are very good at les vacances (vacation) and have a rather liberal holiday schedule. They certainly know how to make the most of the random holidays that fall mid-week. For example, cette année, la fête du travail est jeudi, donc on va faire le pont, get out-of-town and not come back until Sunday night.

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Which is a pretty sweet way to turn a one-day holiday into a four-day break.

 

Vocabulaire

cette année, la fête du travail est jeudi, donc on va faire le pont: this year, Labor Day is on a Thursday, so we will make the bridge (take a long weekend)

la Fête du Muguet, also called la Fête du Travail: May Day or Labor Day is a public holiday to honor workers and their rights and to campaign for continuing policies that support workers. The French also sell and give lily-of-the-valley flowers to loved ones and friends on this day. For an excellent explanation of la Fête du Muguet, please check in with the Curious Rambler.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Melinda Lusmore #

    Hope you had a great loong weekend 🙂

    May 2, 2014
  2. Sarah Larson #

    I love the expression “faire le pont” – very charming! Yes, my French teacher told me the same thing this week – that since May 1 is a Thursday, many people also take Friday off. I hope you are having a lovely four-day weekend!

    May 3, 2014

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