Joann wrote me…
I was wondering if the French have any traditions or special rituals for when someone buys new home.
I have found in the US a “new home blessing” with items that you would give to symbolize the blessing. Do the French have anything similar or something along those lines.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I asked Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français about French housewarming traditions. Here’s what she said…
We usually invite friends for a party and we call that “pendre la crémaillère” , literally “to hang the trammel”. In the Middle Ages, the trammel was the last thing fixed in the house, so when it was hung, people could cook a meal to thank whoever had helped with the building of the house. Guests usually bring a present for the house, either individually, or else they chip in.
Please feel free to share information about housewarming customs or sayings where you live (in the comments below).
UPDATE: Come see a later post with some proverbs about having a house or about home.
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