There are many events this month including the Fête de la Saint Eloi. Saint Eloi is the patron saint of metalworkers, blacksmiths, cart drivers and craftsmen of all kinds. He is a particularly favourite saint here in les Alpilles. The Fête is normally transferred to the end of June rather than the 1st of December which is the official day. Most towns in the Bouches du Rhône dedicate a day of celebration to this saint. Normally, it starts with the decoration of a local horse cart using olive branches, wildflowers, and hay. The cart is then paraded throughout the town often followed by and different types of bull running. Oh, and copious amounts of rosé.
Also this month, very exciting, the lavender comes into bloom. The weather has been uncharacteristically wet this Spring, so that will most likely affect the flowering times of the lavender. Usually, the grass is already dried out by now but it’s still very green here in Provence. We’ve also been treated to the most spectacular poppies.
Here is my selection of some of the many events happening in Bouches du Rhone, Provence this month.