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Every year the Monaco Town Council joins forces with La Turbie in a programme to plant one tree for each child born in Monaco over the previous year. This year’s informal planting ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 25, with many of the new arrivals and their families present.
Now in its tenth year, the project brings a personal touch to a programme of reforestation carried out in conjunction with France’s National Forest Office.
One birth – One tree is part of the global campaign “Plant for the Planet”, recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme, sponsored by HSH Prince Albert and with the aim of planting a billion trees worldwide.
The planting will take place at 9:30 am on Route de La Turbie, next to the radio-controlled cars circuit.
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Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport has set a new record for number of passengers in 2017, with a total of 13.3 million people using the gateway to the Riviera during the year, up by 900,000 from 2016, a 7.1 percent annual increase.
Nice airport upgraded its passenger facilities in Terminal 2 during the year, having done the same for Terminal 1 in 2016.
Dominique Thillaud, Chairman of the Management Board of Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur, said: “I am very pleased with the excellent results of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. This growth was achieved by improving the quality and speed of services provided to passengers, and contributed to the attractiveness of our territory. The key to our success today and tomorrow is our competitiveness.”
Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is the second largest airport in France after Paris, with 114 direct destinations and 56 regular airlines serving 40 countries. Outside Paris, it is also the only French airport to offer a daily service to New York, Doha and Dubai.
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The celebrations of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote, will take place on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27.
As one of the oldest traditions of the Principality, the marking of the saint’s day has permeated Monaco’s national culture in fields as diverse as religion, folklore, popular beliefs, history, literature, arts, painting, music, numismatics and philately.
The legend of Saint Devote stems from a medieval document, and is a tradition holding a very special place in the heart of Monegasques and permanently attested to over the centuries in the history of the city.
According to the legend, Devota (Devote), a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the prefect Barbarus under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian on a date that could be 303 or 304. Her body, stolen the following night by the faithful, was put in a boat, brought to Monaco and buried in a chapel of the valley called "Gaumates", near the port, on January 27 of the same year.
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Under Honoré II, in the seventeenth century, Sainte Devote became patron saint of Monaco. The tradition has been celebrated every year since 1874: as the most significant part of the reeanactment, a small boat is burned in the presence of the Sovereign and the Princely Family, accompanied by Monegasque personalities. Once the boat is burned, a fireworks display is held at Port Hercule.
On January 27, the feast day, a solemn Mass is celebrated in the Cathedral by the Archbishop of the Diocese. The Princely Family, the Prince's Government, the elected assemblies and the constituted bodies as well as many faithful attend this ceremony. A procession takes the direction of the Prince's Palace with the shrine containing the relics escorted by the Carabiniers du Prince.
The procession stops on the Place du Palais, where an Honour Guard and the orchestra of the Carabiniers du Prince pay tribute. A celebrant then blesses the Princely Family with the relics. The procession proceeds to the ramparts, where another celebrant blesses Monaco and its population. Finally, back in front of the Cathedral, a last celebrant blesses the sea and fishermen.
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