New Year’s Eve parties in France (Part 2)

4. Dessert cakes

To finish a hearty meal of celebrating the New Year, the French will choose a yule log (Bûche de Noël) or king cake (Galette des Rois) for dessert for very interesting meanings.

A yule log (Bûche de Noël) is exactly what its name states that it is shaped like a log, with a meaning of bringing coziness, joy and good luck to everyone when they gather together to warm themselves in a cold winter.


The French believes that the yule log will bring joy and good luck in the New Year

As for king cake, it is filled with almond cream wrapping a peanut or a penny in any position inside. In a French point of view, if anyone eats a piece of cake with a nut or a coin in it, they will receive good luck for the whole year.

5. Wine

For the French, champagne is the only wine used during the New Year party.

At the moment of New Year’s Eve, the French will open a new bottle of champagne for everyone to enjoy. That is also the way the French do to wish their loved ones a happy and lucky New Year instead of a congratulation.


Clinking glasses of champagne in the New Year’s Eve is how the French wish eachother a happy and lucky New Year

If you want to experience a true French New Year’s party, come to No 10 Nam Ngu on December 31 evening to enjoy a that kind of dinner at La Badiane. Contact to book a table at: (04) 3942.4509