Church bells ring every day in France to invite the faithful to attend mass or celebrations and to mark commemorations. Every day they ring except, that is, at Easter time, when church bells cease to toll from the Friday (Good Friday) before Easter until Easter Sunday. The story told to children is that during this time all the church bells have left for Rome to be blessed by the Pope and to receive coloured, chocolate eggs. While crossing back to their respective churches in France they lose their chocolate eggs (and also chocolate hens, chicks and rabbits) and it is these that French children seek in their gardens and countryside.
PS: The French use the word Pâques for Easter and this word has the same origines as the Jewish word ‘Passover’. The resurrection of Christ took place during the Passover festival and the name became associated with the Christian Festival.