• Short Summary

    On 15th February the people of the town of Grammont celebrate the annual 'Feast of the Craquelin' - a feast with two origins, one pagan, the other feudal.

  • Description

    On 15th February the people of the town of Grammont celebrate the annual 'Feast of the Craquelin' - a feast with two origins, one pagan, the other feudal. The pagan symbol of the little fish is well known in lore - the fish has at various ceremonies represented food, and fertility.

    The Feudal origins began in 1381, when the overlord of Grammont Walter d'Enghien was at war with the populace. He surrounded the town and began a siege aimed at reducing the population by starvation to servitude. But the wily townspeople, with the end of their food stocks in sight, threw the last remaining morsels over the wall - d'Enghien assumed they had food to spare and called off the seige.

    Each year on the fifteenth of February, the people march up the hill to the chapel carrying baskets of the little fish 'craquelins' - the fish blessed, the priest takes part in a ceremony with wine, and the craquelins are then thrown to the crowd.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4MTJNZU6OSIV86PL2RHJJZLRL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MTJNZU6OSIV86PL2RHJJZLRL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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