Holidays in France
What holidays are in France? How, what, and when do the French celebrate? What are some interesting traditions? Which holiday will be interesting for tourists, and which should not appear in France? Read the answers in this article. Calendar for 2019 and 2020 2019 2020 New Year January 1 January 1 Good Friday * April 19 April Easter ** April 21 April 12 Bright Monday April 22 April 13 Labor Day May 1 May 1 Victory Day in Europe May 8 May 8 Ascension Day May 30 21 May Pentecost 10 June 1 June Bastille Day 14 July 14 July Ascension Day Virgin Mary August 15 August 15 All Saints Day November 1 November 1 Reconciliation Day November 11 November 11 Christmas Eve *** December 24 December 24 Christmas December 25 December 25th St. Stephen’s Day * December 26th December 26th * – Day off only in Lorraine and Alsace ** – The holiday falls on Sunday *** – The working day, but shortened by Public Holidays in France are NOT: Epiphany, Baptism, Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Immaculate Conception Day. In many Catholic countries, these days are declared public holidays, in France they are not. Transfer of holidays Transfer of holidays in France is rarely practiced. If Bastille Day falls on Sunday, then they must give an extra day off on Monday. In the case of other holidays, the decision is entirely up to the government and the president, and they rarely appoint extra days off. Faire le pont (Bridge) The phrase “faire le pont” refers to the situation when the holiday falls on Thursday or Tuesday. People take the day off at their own expense on Friday or Monday, make themselves 4 days off in a row. This phenomenon is very common in France. Keep in mind that if the holiday falls on Thursday, then the next Friday is half-working, many shops and enterprises may be closed. Similarly, if the holiday falls on Tuesday, then Monday is half-working. January 1 – New Year December 31 – a working day, January 1 – a day off, a national holiday in French “Nouvel an” (“Noyel he”) or “Premier de l’an” (“Premiere de lion”) In France New Year – The main “street holiday”, most of the French meet him on the streets or at a festive dinner in a restaurant. Two famous Paris cabarets, Moulin Rouge and Lido de Paris, also arrange New Year’s programs. The epicenter of the holiday is the Champs Elysees. They show a magnificent light show on the surface of the Arc de Triomphe. The show ends with the countdown of the last seconds of the outgoing year. Immediately after midnight, a grandiose firework begins over the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower. Big official fireworks on the Champs Elysees are sometimes held, sometimes not. In 2018 there was a firework, you can watch it in numerous videos on YouTube. Will there be fireworks in the years to come? Wait and see. There are a lot of people who want to visit the Champs Elysees on New Year’s Eve, so you have to take places opposite the Arc de Triomphe in the afternoon. After the salute, spend a couple of hours to get out of the Champs Elysees. The Paris metro is open all night. People walk in the streets until the morning. Everyone congratulates each other with the words “Bonne année!” (Bon Anni, transl .: “Happy Year”). The French on New Year decided to drink and eat. And they are trying as qualitatively as possible, and not quantitatively. The main products for the New Year are oysters and foie gras. Drink expensive champagne. By the way, our tradition of drinking champagne for the New Year came from France. Children in the New Year receive gifts, but by tradition they are presented by grandparents. Parents probably run out of money at Christmas. They give toys and envelopes with money, called “leurs étrennes” (“lers etren”). January 1 in France is a “dead” day, one might say – “hangover day.” All shops and catering facilities are closed at least until noon. Dates are changing – Good Friday, Easter, Bright Monday Easter – Sunday. Bright Monday is a day off, a national holiday. Good Friday is a day off only in Alsace and Lorraine. French Good Friday – Vendredi saint (Vondredi Sant), Easter – Pâques (Pak), Bright Monday – Lundi de Pâques (Landi de Pak) Easter date is changed every year. Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter at different times. France is a Catholic country. In 2018 – March 30, Good Friday, April 1 Easter, April 2 Bright Monday. In 2019 – April 19 Good Friday, April 21 Easter, April 22 Bright Monday. In 2020 – April 10 Good Friday, April 12 Easter, April 13 Bright Monday. The traditions of the celebration of Easter in France are not much different from other European countries. Here, and the Easter bunny, and Easter eggs – decorative and chocolate. In France, chocolate is very fond of, in the confectionery before Easter you can buy chocolate eggs up to 1 meter in size and with any decor imaginable. In addition to eggs, make figures of rabbits, chickens, bells.