The French celebrate La Saint-Sylvestre, or New Year’s Eve, in grand style!


Most people celebrate with a grand feast, called Le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre, with plenty of champagne, foie gras and other special delicacies. Some favorites on the menu also include regional fish dishes, special pate, and all things delicious and French.

The party can be an elegant, intimate dinner at home with friends, or Un Soiree Dansante, a grand ball.


It is  a French custom to kiss underneath the mistletoe at midnight, and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!



At midnight, in Paris,  crowds of chic Parisians gather on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées or under the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the beginning of the New Year!



The holiday season in France ends on January 6th, 3 Kings Day {l’´Epiphanie}, when the French typically eat “une galette des rois” – or King’s Cake.




Bonne Année!

11 thoughts on “LA SAINT-SYLVESTRE”

  1. A very healthy and happy New Year to you Lidy. Looking forward to what you have to post for your followers this coming new year.

  2. Norma Rolader

    Happy New Year to you Lidy and thank you for all you have given us in 2017 and can’t wait to see what you have to share with us in 2018

  3. Ginger Valdes

    Happy, healthy, new year,Lidy! I never met a fois Gras I didn’t like! Sounds like my kind of tradition! Thanks for another year of beautiful and informative posts ??

  4. Thank you, Lidy, and Happy New Year to you! I’ve really enjoyed your posts this year. Sometimes a post has made me realize that I have something very special In a closet. Sometimes a post has made me think about the possibilities of an item(s) I have tucked away on a shelf. Thank you for reminding me to look for the treasures I may have inherited.

  5. Bonne Annee Lidy! Thank you for a lovely year full of beauty and educational history. I hope 2018 is your best year yet! Hugs, Pat at Bringing French Country Home

  6. Julie Watson

    A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to you, Lidy!
    Many thanks for the beauty and delight you brought to the world in 2017.
    Looking forward to more of your creative genius in 2018.

  7. Thank you for letting us know how the French celebrate New Year’s! I wish you and your family a most happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!…..I look forward to your post and your friendship in the coming year and years to come for that matter!!!….Bonne Annee my friend!!!

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