Un jour férié is a day that is celebrated as a holiday. Today, November 1, is the Toussaint holiday in France — All Saints' Day. La Toussaint has been celebrated on this date by the Roman Catholic church, and therefore in France, for more than a thousand years. Tomorrow, by the way, is La Fête des Morts, or The Day of the Dead. That one is not a public holiday in France.
The view from an upstairs window...
Usually in this part of France, the winter rains start about now. This year, the weather is still dry. No rain is predicted before Saturday, and that should be just some mist and drizzle. The first heavier rain won't come for about 10 days, they're saying. On November 1, people take flowers to the cemetery and set them out on the graves of loved ones who have left this life behind. At least they won't have do do that in a cold rain today.
...and from the kitchen window
This morning I'm off to Intermarché, across the river in Noyers, to buy three kilos of raw sauerkraut and some smoke-cured meats and sausages to serve with it. 'Tis the season. I like to buy choucroute (salt-cured, shredded cabbage) that is not pre-cooked and then soak, simmer, and season it myself. I'm glad Intermarché is open today. In Saint-Aignan, SuperU is closed for the holiday.