The Judgement of Pétassou
Last Wednesday on a gorgeous sunny day the children from Three local Primary schools got together for the Children’s Carnival and the Judgement of Pétassou.
The tradition dates to the Medieval period and is performed all over south western France to welcome the start of Spring. Pétassou was the object of a thousand evils from theft to explosions, he is tried by the children and condemned, then burned for his faults, therefore bringing an end to the cold and frosts of winter.
The Carnival Procession was lead out of our local Primary School and around the village by Maire P. Dussol and 2nd adjoint Thierry Cabianca.
You can see the effigy of Petassou in the trailer on the back of the tractor.
So cute, dressed in animal or insect costumes.
Another school sported superb head dresses.
This class had made themselves up to be fish.
Bless her, a sit down at the front of our home. She did rejoin the Carnival on their return through the village.
Anita, and one of the mothers in face paint enjoying the day.
Singing and dancing was performed by all of the children.
Pétassou’s effigy is burned in the open ground at the Salle des fêtes in the village.
Spring is here.
Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle from April 1st to May 1st, sword fighting lessons for children aged five to fourteen. From April, Demonstrations of a crossbow from the Hundred Years War.
Easter Monday, Sarlat Easter Egg Hunt around the Medieval Town.