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Armistice Day: Observance Of The End Of World War I In France

The Armistice Day is one of thirteen holidays observed in France. It is celebrated every year on November 11. The term “armistice”, which is synonymous to the word “truce”, means “the temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opposing forces. So what exactly...

French Celebration Of L’Assomption De Marie

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated by Catholics throughout the world every year on August 15. The day is a celebration of the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary ascended to Heaven body and soul at the end of her life here on earth. France, a predominantly Catholic...

La Chandeleur: French Celebration Of Candlemas

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates February 2 each year as Candlemas. This celebration is a commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s purification and the presentation of the baby Jesus at the temple. The feast is also called by other names: “Feast of the Presentation of Jesus,”...

Le Jour De L’An: New Year Celebration In France

France celebrates New Year on January 1 like many other countries do. The beginning of a new year, which is “le Jour de l’An” in French, is a highly anticipated occasion that is observed with festivities. Among these is the customary holding of a feast, referred to as “le Réveillon...

France National Holiday Celebration Of Bastille Day

The national holiday of France is observed on July 14 every year. Referred to as “La Fete Nationale” or “Le Quatorze Juillet” in French, this special day is a commemoration of the 1789 siege of the Bastille prison; hence, this day is also known as Bastille Day. The Bastille fortress...

School Holidays In France: Five Sets And The Zoning Scheme

Traveling to France when schools are on holiday may not be a good idea. This is because tourist resorts are teeming with vacationers during this period that one has to fight (figuratively, of course) for space. The Mediterranean coast and the more than 200 ski resorts are particularly crowded, often...

Best Beach Destinations In France To Spend L’Eté Holidays

Summer anywhere always means taking long trips, going on camping, or enjoying the scenic beauty, fine sand and cool waters of beaches. In France, l’été (summer) is a great time for such activities, especially since practically all businesses, offices, and schools are closed during this long period....

Fête du Travail Is Labor Day In France

May 1 is International Workers’ Day, or simply Labor Day, in many countries around the world. In France, the day is referred to as “Fête du Travail”. The day is celebrated with parades and demonstrations organized by trade unions and other similar workers’ organizations. These moves...

French Holidays And What France Is Like During A Holiday

Each year, there are eleven holidays celebrated in France (French term: jours feriés). These exclude Easter (Pâques) and Pentecost (Pentecôte), which, of course, both fall on a Sunday and are therefore nonworking days. The eleven French holidays consist of eight that are celebrated on fixed dates and three...

La Journée De Solidarité: French National Day Of Solidarity

In August of 2003, a scorching heat wave swept across Europe, claiming almost 15,000 lives in France alone. Most of the victims were elderly people and some with disabilities. Responding to this momentous tragic event, the French government, by way of a reform, made a commitment to raise money to...

Beaujolais Nouveau Day And Some Of The Most Famous Nouveaux Wines

A special occasion celebrated in France is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. This occasion is celebrated on the third Thursday of November each year. On this day, wine lovers from around the world rush to France to have a taste of the Beaujolais Nouveau offered for the year. What is Beaujolais Nouveau? To begin,...

International Day Of Francophonie

…A Gathering Of French-Speaking People From Around The World The International Day of Francophonie is celebrated every year on March 20. On this day, Francophones from around the world get together as a way of celebrating that “something” that is common to them – the French language....

La Fete De La Victoire: French Celebration Of WWII Victory In Europe

The end of World War II, also known as Victory Day in Europe, is celebrated as a national holiday on May 8 every year in at least seven countries in Europe. In France, the celebration is called “La Fete de la Victoire”. It will be recalled that it was on May 8, 1945 when Charles de Gaulle, then...

La Toussaint And Le Jour Des Morts

…French Celebration Of Two Related Holidays Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1 every year. This is followed by their observance of All Souls’ Day on November 2. While these two holidays are related to each other, only the former is celebrated as a public...

How Easter (Pâques) Is Celebrated In France

In countries where the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism, no other celebration is perhaps more important than Easter. In France, for instance, where about ninety percent of the people are Roman Catholics, Easter is celebrated with great joy to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. The celebration...
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