Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's A French Thing...

...Sainte Celine

And since Jeffrey was in France last week he brought me back some of my favorite “candy/cake” from renowned bakery Ladurée and its even more renowned Macarons.

These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are the most famous creation of Ladurée:

Thank you babe

A name day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America of celebrating on a particular day of the year associated with the one's given name. The custom originated with the Catholic and Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint's feast day. In many countries, however, there is no longer any explicit connection to Christianity. […]

Each day of the year corresponds to a personal name (or several names). People celebrate their name day on the date corresponding to their own given name.
Name days are commonly of less importance than birthdays. However, name day celebrations can be, and often are, held together with friends of the same.[…]

Traditionally, most people were given names from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints.
First names are chosen by the child's parents. There are no legal a priori constraints on the choice of names. This has not always been the case. The choice of given names, originally limited by the tradition of naming children after a small number of popular saints, was restricted by law at the end of the 18th century. Officially, only names figuring on a calendar or names of illustrious Frenchmen/women of the past could be accepted. Much later in 1966, a new law admitted in a limited number of mythological, regional or foreign names, substantives (Olive, Violette), diminutives and alternative spelling. Only in 1993 were French parents set free to name their child without constraint. However, if the birth registrar thinks that the chosen names (alone or in association with the last name) may be detrimental to the child's interests, or to the right of other families to protect their own family name, the registrar may refer the matter to the local prosecutor, who may choose to refer the matter to the local court. The court may then refuse the chosen names. Such refusals are rare and mostly concern given names that may expose the child to mockery. (source: Wikipedia)

* Again nothing to do with China but who cares it's my blog!