When is la fete de st Nicolas?
The feastday of Saint-Nicolas is on December 6th.
It varies by region. Most French provinces celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day, December 25. In Eastern and Northern France, though, the Christmas season begins on December 6 with the Festival of St. Nicolas (la Fete de Saint Nicolas). In Lyon, December 8 is la Fete de Lumieres (Festival of Lights), where the people of Lyon celebrate the Virgin Mary by placing candles in their windows to light up the city.
Pere Fouettard goes round with St Nicolas on 6th December (St Nicolas day). Traditionally, whilst St Nicolas gives presents to good children, Pere Fouettard either whips (hence fouettard from the french verb to whip 'fouetter') or gives lumps of coal to bad children. The origins of Pere Fouettard are from a legend and popular song connected with St Nicolas. In the story, three children become lost and fall into the hands of an evil butcher…