FRENCH FRIDAY #27: Halloween vs. Toussaint


Candy Hangovers are better when you Have the Day Off
La Tasse de Cafe | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love













La Toussaint
Pronounced: (la too sainh)
Meaning: All Saints Day



I hope everyone had a great Halloween last night! So, perhaps you're thinking... what does Halloween have to do with French? Nothing! Halloween, one of my absolute favorite holidays, is not celebrated in France. This holiday, which is believed to have originated from a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the "dark" part of the year, was believed to be a time when spirits could most easily enter our world. Spooky... Fun....
Then the Catholic empire came along and said "Uh... no. You will honor Christian saints today... and for the next two days." So, as you may know, November 1st is All Saints Day, and November 2nd is All Souls Day. That's nice and all, but... boring. Where's the candy?!


La Toussaint, literally meaning "all (tous) saints," is a national holiday in France. So, as we in the States usually spend All Saints Day suffering from our Halloween candy and punch hangovers, at least in France, they get the day off!!!


Let's see what Simone and Amy Lynn are up to today...

Amy Lynn: What did you, like, dress up as last night for Halloween?

Simone: OMG, what are you, like, a pagan, or something?

Amy Lynn: OMG, I have no idea what you are, like, talking about.

Simone: Just kidding. I was a slutty devil, of course.

Bonne fête de la Toussaint, y'all!
Or in other words, Happy All Saints Day!

Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée here: What a great piece of French holiday info. This is good to remember if you are planning a little get-a-way to France over Halloween. November = Holiday So don't expect much to be going on. 

Don't you just love how sexy All Saints Day sounds in French?! 
Talking of sexy, I wonder which version of Slutty Devil Simone went with? After much consideration these are my top 3 pics for a Slutty Devil costume: The one on the left requires a killer derrière. "If you've got it, Flaunt it". The one on the right reminds me of New Orleans French Quarter Gothic. The fishnets are a nice sexy touch. The one in the center is a great in between. 
where to buy: (L) http://goo.gl/DuppUh (C) http://goo.gl/tI7lss (R) http://goo.gl/MzsZzT


How are you spending All Saints Day? or La Toussaint?  Are you still in your costume? Still dividing candy into there respective assortments? Which Slutty Devil is your favorite???
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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.