Pardons (religious festivals)

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The word "Pardon" covers a wide range of festivities from the simple fete at the Chapel of Saint Ronan to the celebrations at the Pardon of Notre Dame de Penhors, which features an important religious ceremony and numerous secular events.  

The Pardon in the strict sense of the word is a local celebration in honour of the patron saint of a village and is typically Breton. However, these fetes have only been known as Pardons since the 16th century.  In the Middle Ages the word pardon referred to indulgences which could be granted on the Patron Saint's Day of a church or chapel. During the 19th century, the word came to mean the celebrations and fetes themselves.

(According to Canon J.L. Le Floc'h)

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