French Public Holidays and Festivals

Public holidays and other festivals in France

French Public Holidays 2013

A printable list of French public holidays in 2012. In France public holidays are not rounded off to the nearest Monday and so can be on any day of the week, it is unusual for shops and services to be open on a public holiday in France and often if the public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Friday many smaller shops and businesses will be closed for a long weekend...

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French Days, Months and Seasons

The days of the week, months and seasons in French...

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Toussaint

Chrysanthemums on Toussaint dayWhile Halloween is celebrated with trick or treat & parties, on November the 1st Toussaint or All Saints Day it is traditional for the French to visit the graves of loved ones and decorate them with Chrysanthemums and sometimes Heathers...

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Easter - Paques

Easter in FranceAs well as chocolate eggs you will also find chocolate fish and bells in the shops. No church bells ring in France from the Thursday before Good Friday till Easter morning as Catholic tradition says that all the church bells in France...

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day or Fete nationale or 14th July is held on the 14th of July each year, it is the French national day although it is often associated with the storming of the Bastile it in fact celebrates the Fete de la Federation of the 14th of July 1790...

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Christmas Traditions in France

ChrismasAn important part of Christmas for many families in France is Midnight Mass called la Messe de Minuit on Christmas eve. Following this there is Le Reveillon a late supper feast, the dishes vary from region to region - in some areas oysters are traditional while in Burgundy it's traditional to serve Chestnuts and turkey...

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Public Holidays in France 2008

A printable list of French public holidays in 2008...

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Valentines Day Traditions in France

Valentines image copyright Sanja GjeneroA quick look at the history and traditions of Valentines day in France...

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French Public Holidays 2010

A printable list of French public holidays in 2010. In France public holidays are not rounded off to the nearest Monday and so can be on any day of the week, it is unusual for shops and services to be open on a public holiday in France and often if the public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Friday many smaller shops and businesses will be closed for a long weekend...

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