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A Saint valentine week end in Roquemaure, a town in the south of France, near Avignon, Orange and Nimes

 

Lovers Festival

In south of France, for over a century, a genuine love story has united Roquemaure and Saint Valentine, the patron Saint of lovers.

These events have been celebrated for the past 23 years.You can now reserve your Saint Valentine weekend for this  Lovers Festival in Roquemaure.

 

Saint Valentine\'s day in France

The relics of Saint Valentine lay in south of France, in Roquemaure since 1868.

The weekend nearest February 14th, the town recreates the arrival of Saint Valentine's relics and celebrates the love and romanticism this mythical Saint now symbolises.

 

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An Historical Reconstitution

Roquemaure turns into the town of love legends, returning to its 19th century aspect with more than 800 traditionally costumed people, horses and carriages, store fronts decorated in 19th century fashion, an old post office selling souvenir postcards (valentine cards), a fountain of Lovers, a market with over 60 ancient trades, a bandstand and wooden merry-go-rounds. For the occasion, the streets are given the names of the most famous lovers in French literature.

To the sound of oboes, bagpipes, drums, and shepherd's pipes, folkloric dance groups animate the town, along with jugglers and acrobats.

This completely free romantic festival was created 23 years ago. It attracts more than 20,000 people every year to Roquemaure, making it one of the most crowded festivals in the Gard region, near Avignon and Orange.

To relive the story of Roquemaure, these events have been celebrated for the past 23 years. You can now reserve your Saint Valentine weekend for the Kiss, Friendship and Lovers Festival in Roquemaure.

Translation courtesy of : Nexxus Traduction EURL  (Roquemaure, France)

 

The Handles of Love

Lovers can hum the prettiest love songs played by the barrel organs in the streets of the ancient town.

To relive the story of Roquemaure, this Festival have been celebrated for the past 12 years.

The relics are symbolically paraded on Sunday morning so that Saint Valentine blesses Roquemaure again.

 

Handles of Love

 

Souvenir

ce site est dédié au Père Durieu, instigateur de cette manifestation à ses débuts, il y a près de 25 ans...

Roquemaurois de coeur, il a redécouvert l'existence des Reliques de St Valentin dans la collègiale de Roquemaure et a su initier cette Fête, avec le concours de l'Office de Tourisme et de l'Association St Valentin de Roquemaure.

Cette manifestation qui est désormais la principale manifestation en France pour le 14 février.

 

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