French Easter Bells
In France, one of the main Easter traditions are bells. Legend has it that the Thursday before Easter, church bells across France are silenced to mourn the death of Christ and they remain silent until Easter Sunday. The bells would fly to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. They would then begin their journey back to the French churches, but would pick up eggs along the way before scattering them into the gardens. The bells would then ring on Easter Sunday to announce the Resurrection of Christ and therefore ‘return’. So in France it is the bells rather than the Easter bunny who delivers the Easter eggs.
The French use a lot of fresh herbs for their Easter cooking, so often, Easter eggs are laid out onto a bed of freshly picked herbs from the garden.