pendre la crémaillère

The French expression “pendre la crémaillère” translates literally to “to hang the pothook”.

English meaning:

  • to host a housewarming party

French meaning:

  • faire une fête pour l’emménagementto hold a party for moving in

In the past, people would hang the pot on a hook, light a fire and invite the new neighbors over for a gathering. Example sentence:

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  • Nous avons emmenagé la semaine dernière et pendent la crémaillère ce week-end. We moved in last week and are having a housewarming party this weekend.

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