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Participants at the Criée des Âmes in L’Islet-sur-Mer, February 2011

By Couvrette, Sébastien

The Criée des Âmes in L’Islet-sur-Mer

A custom dating back to the French Regime, the Criée des Âmes, or “All Souls Auction,” is a practice rooted in both religious and folk traditions. Originally, proceeds from these auctions were used to pay for masses to free souls from purgatory. Nowadays, the event is an original fundraising activity that helps Quebec parishes pay for church maintenance. A Criée des Âmes has been held every year since 1980 in L’Islet-sur-Mer, a town in Quebec’s Chaudière-Appalaches region. The ceremony also provides a special opportunity to revive time-honoured local cultural traditions, like berlot ...

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