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Fete des Sorcieres

Listed under Traditional Festivals in Champagne, France.

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The 13th century town of Chalindrey is just as heritage-conscious on Hallowe'en as it is during the rest of the year, and the Fete des Sorcieres will be a delight to anyone fascinated by the pagan and Celtic origins of the festival, or to those who are simply bored of having their front doors egged for not giving sweets and money to teenagers.

Witch hunts took place here in the 1500s and the nearby Cognelot Fort, dating back to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, is said to be haunted, so there are plenty of spooky stories attached to the place, and you can hear them told (among others) in the evening, as well as watch a Celtic dance, see creepy films, have your face painted, enjoy seasonal goodies and wander the exhibition at the fort.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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