The 25th of November is a very special date in France, St. Catherine! This tradition dates from the 12th century. Every year, unmarried girls over 25 years wear the most extravagant hat possible and parade in the city with the statue of St. Catherine. They go in the evening to dance always dressed with the hat to show to men that they are looking for true love … or at least a husband! They are called Catherinettes.
St. Catherine, patron saint of barbers, students and school children among others, would be a martyr who lived in the 3rd century. On November 25th 307 , she was beheaded by the emperor Maxentius because she refused a royal wedding in faithfulness to Jesus. She became the patron saint of girls to marry, logically.
Friday 25 November 2011 15:56 | Published by Blogtelopia-krds2 | Category: General Tourism,events