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            EASTER IN ALSACE 


The Alsace Region is the smallest of the French administrative region. With an area of 8 280 km2, it is long about 200 km, 30-40 km wide. In 1990, the population of the region reached the 1 624 372 live

Patron Saint: Ste Odile, daughter of Adalric or Etichon, Duke of Alsace 

The traditional costume of the women was abandoned between 1871 and 1918 in resistance and in honour later. It has a black cap with large node, a Red skirt lined with black velvet and a bolero of black velvet sequined on the white blouse. In the countryside and in week Alsatian traditional costume was a black skirt and blouse. Protestant families wore their black nodes longer framed behind and wealthy families wore white knots. However, the color of the node varied communities: Geispolsheim it was red; Bitschhoffen he was Scottish; in other Alsatian towns it was clear colors, printed with flowers. It should be noted that the great black node was also German (country of Baden) with variants. In the Sundgau (southern upper Rhine), the bonnet was with sequins and lace. (Source Quid, 2000)

 Weather in Alsace are characterized by a semi-continental climate with winters quite cold (60 to 70 days of frost per year), and hot and dry summers. Precipitation is of the order of 600 to 700 mm per year. Alsace, located from the wet winds of the West by the Vosges; focuses an important sunlight.

The language spoken in the region is a Germanic dialect that the Germans call "Elsässerdeutsch".This dialect is spoken in Alsace since the Ve s., and part of the Franconian dialects, German-speaking. Some localities in the Sundgau have a roman dialect, and some localities in the high valleys and ridges to the West of Kaysersberg which those of the "country welsche" (Aubure, Bonhomme, Labaroche, Lapoutroie, Orbey), the high Valley of Lièpvre, a part of the Val de Villé, and the upper Valley of the Bruche (Ban of the rock and the Donon mountain region) practice a non-Germanic Vosges patois.

 Alsace has the eastern slopes of the Vosges, with crystalline massif ("Grand Ball" or "Ball of Guebwiller" with 1 424 m of altitude, "Hohneck" 1 361 m altitude, and "Ballon d'Alsace" high 1 247 m), valleys (Valley of the Doller, the Thur River Fecht, Weiss, Lièpvrette). The sous-vosgiennes Hills have an elevation of about 500 m, and there are vineyards and fruit crops. The plain of Alsace is a land of loess (wheat, sugar beet, fodder plants, orchards, under hops, tobacco,...) and alternates with a rieds (low wet Plains behind the alluvial lifting of the Rhine).



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