Saint-Joseph’s Day

St-Joseph’s Day is March 19th.

RouXy’s Master explains: “Joseph was a carpenter. He would plane boards. Joseph being up there, in Heaven, shaving of wood [copeaux in French] would fall on Earth, the shape of big flakes of snow. Genuine Savoyards say les écappons – dialect for copeaux.”

The French word for écappons is giboulées. But if you look up giboulées in a dictionary, or on Wikipedia, you’ll find different descriptions of giboulées, with hail, rain, sleet, thunder… It depends on the regions.

It snowed last night. Frimousse would have loved it! The snow will melt soon. But we can expect other snow showers.

I didn’t intend to write an article about Saint-Joseph’s Day nor Écappons today, but since Poupette mentions it!



4 thoughts on “Saint-Joseph’s Day

  1. Mary McNeil

    This was also my Mother’s birthday and is the day the Swallows return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano. No snow here in Ohio today, but it is predicted for the Equinox tomorrow !

    1. Le Maitre de Frimousse Post author

      A snow-shower the night before. But it had melted in the mid of afternoon; No snow this morning. Should be quite warm this afternoon. But for the time being, freezing.
      Frimousse’s Mistress is on the way to a skiing resort, with my grand-children. Probably the last skiing day this season.


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