Visible culture


Traditions and rituals in France
France is has a culture that is heavily influenced by Its traditions because it is and extremely old nation that has had years to form Its traditions France is Europe’s third oldest nation (Gall 160).  France’s traditions show that it is a nationalistic country because it has numerous holidays honoring French men who have died in wars for their country. The French also have traditional dances, in the south of France you can see some very old folk ensembles dances. The people wear traditional clothes and dance the hole night long. The most famous dance is called: the Sardana, which is also famous in Spain.

Important and famous people
There are a couple of very famous people born in France, especially famous historical personages, like Voltaire, Joan of Arc, King Louis XV, Coco Chanel, Jean Monnet, Charles de Gaulle and Robert Houdin (Houdini).  Some famous people from recent days are David Guetta and Zinedine Zidane.

Music, art and literature
France’s musical culture started to develop in the 10th century. The music of France reflects a diverse array of styles. In the field of classical music, France has produced a number of prominent romantic composers, while folk and popular music have seen the rise of the chanson and cabaret style. The art culture of France was mostly developed in the 12th century. Museum Louvre in Paris is one of the world’s largest museums and home to a number of famous artworks including the Mona Lisa. French literature is completely different from Shakespeare or Goethe. The French are very proud of their literature and often write about the pleasure of being French. French philosophy is also based on French literature.


Traditional cuisine and eating habtis
France is still a country where eating is seen as pleasure rather than just giving the body what it needs to get through the day. As a result the French have a different way of doing things than many other countries. The French have always stuck to three meals a day and generally don’t do food outside these set meals. Children usually have a small snack or goûter after school – a piece of fruit or a cake – but this is limited to a specific time, and adults generally don’t snack. French cheeses can make a meal on their own, certainly when paired with freshly-baked bread! Cheese has a long history in France of being served after a meal, before the dessert. Cheeses are regional in France, just like wine. Main courses in France often feature meat or fish. The more special the occasion, the more special the meat chosen. For example, a steak may be eaten any day of the week, but on a birthday or holiday, an ostrich or similarly exotic meat may find its way onto the table. Fish is most often served with a cream or butter sauce; all meals are usually accompanied by potatoes of some sort, and vegetables.

Traditional sports
One of the traditional sports in France is Jeux de Boule, also known as Petanque, which was created in 1907 as a sport for nobility in France. Another very recent tradition invented by the French deserves a mention. Parkour is a form of running (sometimes called “free running”), in which obstacles in the landscape are not avoided but quickly navigated with jumping, leaping, quick crawling and climbing.