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Normandy tradition and savoir faire

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Normandy, a region proud to boast its own identity:
- The "Trou normand"
- Traditional dress
- Norman dialect, " Pt'êt ben qu’oui, pt'êt ben
qu’non!" = "To be or not to be" Norman-style
- Traditional rural fairs (Lessay...)



NORMAN TRADITION

Norman culture is strongly influenced by calvados apple brandy, hence the traditional "trou normand", a local custom consisting in serving a small glass of calvados between courses during festive meals. The "trou normand" originates from the traditionally long festive meals comprising several successive meat courses.
Frédérique Bérat's song, "Ma Normandie" is widely considered as Normandy's regional anthem.

NORMAN DRESS

In village fairs, folk groups perform traditional dances and act out wedding ceremonies. They wear traditional Norman dress dating from the 19th Century (rural aristocracy or ceremonial dress, peasant costumes, coastal costumes, headdresses and jewellery).

NORMAN DIALECT

Normandy's main regional language is Norman which comprises several dialects. A distinction can be made between the actual Norman dialect itself, continental Norman: on the Cotentin peninsula (Cotentinais), in the Pays de Caux (Cauchois), in the Pays d'Auge (Augeron) and southern Norman: in Manche (around Avranches, in Orne and in part of Eure).
The Cotentinais continues to be taught in a few Manche high schools.
A familiar, well-known phrase, "to give a Norman answer", which basically means, « Pt'êt ben qu’oui, pt'êt ben qu’non » « Maybe, maybe not ».

TRADITIONAL RURAL FAIRS

Some fairs date back to the 11th Century and major traditional fairs enjoy abundant attendance. Lessay (400,000 visitors), Gavray, St Hilaire-du-Harcouët, Montilly-sur-Noireau are worthy of mention.

MUSÉE DE NORMANDIE

The Musée de Normandie in Caen offers a panorama of the life of men and women from the Palaeolithic period to the settlement of the Vikings in the Lower Seine Valley (10th Century). The museum visit then continues with a number of collections relating the daily life of the Normans from the 18h Century to today.






  • BASSE-NORMANDIE
  • CALVADOS 12 ANS D'AGE
  • FETE MEDIEVALE A CREVECOEUR EN AUGE
  • Drakkar de la Tapisserie de Ste Mère Eglise
  • Rempart du Château de Caen