Print Posted By Lost in France on 15 Jan 2011 in Calendar - French Public Holidays and Festivals

French Public Holidays 2013

French public holidays mark either national celebrations (eg Bastille Day) or religious (primarily Catholic) occasions. Below is a list of legal French public holidays in 2013 (excluding non-legal holidays like Ramadan, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, etc.)

January 1: New Year's Day - Jour de l'an
April 1: Easter Monday - Paques
May 1: Labor Day - Fête du Travail
May 8: 1945 Victory - Fête de la Victoire 1945
May 9: Ascension - Ascension catholique
May 20: Whit Monday (Pentecost) - Pentecote
July 14: Bastille Day (La Fete Nationale) - France's National holiday
August 15: Assumption Day - Assomption
November 1: All Saints Day - Toussaint
November 11: Armistice 1918 - Armistice 1918
December 25: Christmas Day - Noël

Please take note: In Paris, major museums and monuments generally close on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, but many attractions and restaurants close entirely or close early on other bank holidays as well. Make sure to check opening times and dates.

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