Flying bells on their way at Easter time.

29 Mar

Every year, 3 days before Easter,  the bells from our churches escape from their steeples ( our church towers) and they become mute . They quickly fly to Rome where they have an extremely important  meeting with the Pope. This year they will be be greeted by Pope Francis I 🙂

Before Easter sunday, at night,  they fly back home with lots of goodies for children. They drop chocolate eggs in parks, gardens and hedges. They know children will go on an egg hunt as soon as they get up. Our bells are very professional and reliable,you see.

We asked the chief of the bells to make a “little detour” via Germany to treat our friends 🙂

That is one of our Easter traditions here in France. Have you got a similar one in Germany, Italy, Scotland and Slovakia?

Team France: Julie, Hugo, Victor G., Héloïse, Dorine, Simon, Victor A., Marine,, Bleuenn, Teva, Yoan, Axelle, Théo and Martin 🙂 x 14

Click twice to enlarge, please!

Two decorated friezes by two teams,  for the same story ;-)

Two decorated friezes by two teams, for the same story 😉


Posted by on March 29, 2013 in France, Surprises, Traditions


15 responses to “Flying bells on their way at Easter time.

  1. Giovanna

    March 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I see French bells are all well equipped with fast wings! I’m sure the Pope has arranged a special area in the Vatican City for them to land 😉 So do they have special carriages for the chocolate eggs?

  2. mrsc14

    March 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    It’s a lovely story that fascinates the children I tell in my classes every year.
    Your pictures are also lovely and if after Easter you don’t know what to do with them, I would love a few to put in my ‘Paques’ folder.
    We don’t have any thing as nice as flying bells in Scotland…..the Easter bunny might make an appearance if he can get through the snow and some eggs might be rolled down hills.
    At the moment, as I look out my window, it looks more like Christmas than Easter 🙂

  3. Marie-France

    March 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    @ Giovanna: no need for carriages, our bells are strong enough to carry all their goodies. The will take off from Rome on saturday night 😉 I am sure the Pope is treating them very well;-)

  4. Marie-France

    March 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    @ mrsc: All the drawings have flown to Germany with the bells. You can use the pics I took and add them to your folder. Why not having your children draw the same story?

    Xmas at Easter: Guess what? It is snowing here today. 😦 Yesterday it was 12°C :-O

    Have you got stories with the Easter bunny?

    By the way: you have a message from New Zealand on the blog. Have a look at the post on your school on top of the blog. Click on your school and you will find it in the comments 😉

  5. MrsU

    March 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    What a lovely story! 🙂 But won’t it be too cold for your bells now? Are they used to flying through snow storms? In Rome they will hopefully have some sun when chatting with the Pope. We’ll keep you informed if they make it to Germany on the way back… 🙂

  6. Georg Germany

    March 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Have a good flight, little bells. 🙂

  7. Marie-France

    March 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    @ Mrs U: Our little and big bells fly in flocks and are used to extreme weather over the Alps . Don’t worry, they are sturdy and reliable. An order is an order and they will fly over Hildburghausen. That’s for sure 🙂

  8. ginapoet

    March 30, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Very sweet post! I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Hugo France 6B

    March 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    On Sunday, I will pick up chocolate eggs in my garden :-). The bells are usually very generous with me and my brothers 🙂 I cross my fingers our flying bells made it to Germany 😉

  10. Teva 6eD-France

    April 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    We asked the bells to visit you first to deliver you a lot of goodies for Easter. 😉

  11. yoannd france

    April 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    More chocolate for Easter.Yum,yum 😉

  12. Julie-france 6D

    April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I would like that story to be real! We could ask the bells to fly us to Hilburghausen 😉

  13. MrsU

    April 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That’s a very good idea, Julie. 🙂

  14. students 5b Germany

    April 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The best thing about this very nice legend is that is came true at Easter this year! Thank you, Team France. 🙂 We love your drawings and we loved the chocolates, they were very good. 🙂 We hope that project will go on…

  15. Merle Germany

    April 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This is a beautiful story … I like them. A big thank you from me and Georg, for the beautiful Easter present.


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