The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

Rich in symbols, Provencal traditions have been defining the region’s identity since ancient times. Among them, the baby gift basket, forgotten for a time, is returning to fashion as a gesture of affection upon arrival of a newborn.
By Mélissa Darré

From the wheat of Saint Barbara to the Christmas Santons, not to mention the famous folk dance the Farandole, Provence is full of customs, steeped in its sunkissed culture. Artisanal, gourmet or sartorial, these traditions hold a special place in the lives of the inhabitants of the region, who strive to continue them from generation to generation.

Thus Christian Silfio, founder of the site lepanierdenaissance.fr, endeavors to bring an old-fashioned custom up to date. To welcome his little girl, this young father rejected the typical bunch of flowers in favor of a nice basket "put together" by him. "In the past, tradition had it that we offered gifts at the birth of a child, as a welcome and in hope that the baby thrives as much as possible," he says.

An egg for contentment, bread for goodness, honey for sweetness, salt for health and a match for rectitude make up this original gift. Five gifts, possibly accompanied by a booklet, which are interpreted as so many good wishes. A nice demonstration of love and tenderness that remains faithful to Provencal values!

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The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket
The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket
Among them, the baby gift basket, forgotten for a time, is returning to fashion as a gesture of affection upon arrival of a newborn
© Christian Silfio

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