About a French kiss : kissing FANNY is no reward!
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Everybody know that French people are frivolous,are mostly off(they usually work 35 hours per week,have at least 5 vacation weeks...) and are often on strike:they have plenty of time to have fun and one of the most appealing and simple sport is playing bowls (boules).
Dating back to antiquity,the habit of playing bowls boomed in the 19th century and developed in different ways in France according to the regions.But the aim was always the same:there is a target,the wooden jack named cochonnet(little pig) and one have to throw one's boules as close to the jack as possible and closer than one's opponent.
La BOULE LYONNAISE,the bowl from Lyon(sport-boules or jeu lyonnais or longue),similar to the Italian BOCCE is the oldest of the French bowl sports and an heritage of the Lyon silkworkers.Here the players using large bowls take steps before throwing the bowl.It is played in an enclosed area with wooden sideboards...
In la PETANQUE,mostly played in the south of France in particular in summer,the players stand still,the balls are smaller and it may be played everywhere on any surface with the exception of concrete.
BOTH WORSHIP THE GODDESS OF BOULES,FANNY!
Being fanny(être fanny in French) means losing a game of boules without scoring a simple point,losing 13 to 0 (cf out for a duck in cricket).
The losers are obliged to kiss the generous cheeks of a painting,sculpture,poster or pottery of the goddess in public.Thus,kissing Fanny is no reward but a punishment for losing a game and most often,the losers have to offer some beverage to the winning team.
Fanny's tradition starts in Isère department close to Lyon,far from the south of France and just before the WWI.
This was the beginning of a living tradition!
A large collection of fake Fanny is displayed in the restaurant La Terrasse Saint Clair in Caluire close to Lyon
where people can enjoy an affordable good menu in a friendly bowling ambience encircled by inviting Fanny.
(see my review in Lyon "canteens")