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Festivals of French speaking countries.

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French National Holidays, Festivals, Religious Celebrations. The French enjoy 11 national jours feriés (holidays) annually.

French National Holidays, Festivals, Religious Celebrations

The civic calendar was first instituted in 1582; Bastille Day was incorporated in 1789, Armistice Day in 1918, Labor Day in 1935, and Victory Day in 1945. During the month of May, there is a holiday nearly every week, so be prepared for stores, banks and museums to shut their doors for days at a time. It is a good idea to call museums, restaurants and hotels in advance to make sure they will be open. Trains and roads near major cities tend to get busy around the national holidays. Top French festivals 2016. French festivals are vibrant and plentiful, offering a delight of regional specialities, cultural ties and historical stories.

Top French festivals 2016

Get a taste of French culture with our pick of top 10 French festivals, or immerse yourself deeper with this detailed list of top French festivals to see while visiting or living in France. Top French festivals End of January: Cirque de Demain, Paris Once a year, circus actors from the best circus schools in the world compete at the Circus of Tomorrow under the Big Top of the Cirque Phénix according to age groups and professions. Bastille Day in France. Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture.

Bastille Day in France

Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks. What Do People Do? Official website for tourism in France. July 14: Allons enfants de la patrie (Let's go children of the fatherland)… it is time to celebrate!

Official website for tourism in France

- “Is this a revolt?” Asked Louis XVI to the Duque of Rochefoucauld, to which he replied:- “No Sire, this is a revolution.” One of King Louis XVI’s most trusted counsellor pronounced those ominous words on July 12, 1789. Bastille Day, 14 July, French National Day, Public Holidays. Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and the most important bank holiday in France!

Bastille Day, 14 July, French National Day, Public Holidays

Setting the storming of the Bastille in 1789 as an essential part of the French History. The 14th July has become a major public holiday, traditionally considered as the symbol of the French Revolution. The French Bastille Day is definitely a joyous national day that causes popular celebrations in the streets as well as political events. The best way to experience the 14 July bank holiday - widely known as Le 14 Juillet - is to go to Paris, more precisely on the Champs Elysees. Expect military parades, public speeches and fireworks, but also convivial gatherings in all cafés and restaurants! Advent Christian Festival - Jesus' Birth. Pagan origins of Advent Celebrating Advent 70% of French are Roman Catholic, however, half of them do not practice regularly but all are happy to take part in occasional religious celebrations, and Advent is one of them.

Advent Christian Festival - Jesus' Birth

Christmas Traditions in Provence. Christmas in Provence (Calena) - Riviera - Angloinfo. The Christmas season in Provence begins on the 4th of December, the day of Sainte Barbe.

Christmas in Provence (Calena) - Riviera - Angloinfo

Wheat and lentil seeds are sown in small dishes. These should make fresh green shoots by Christmas Eve, when they are used as table decorations, with ribbon wrapped around the leggy green spouts. They symbolise a good harvest and perfect weather for the new year. The Santons. Official website for tourism in France. The region of Alsace at Christmastime, transforms into a marvelous world made of legends, tradtions, myths, smells and tastes.

Official website for tourism in France

Visitors are always very impressed. Cities and villages are illuminated with thousands of lights and dress in their finest with twinkling decorations. All the region takes on a festive atmosphere. Starting on November 25, the day of Saint Catherine, the excitement builds over the next four weeks and finishes quietly on January 6, the day of the Epiphany.

In the middle ages, on December 24, a fir tree was placed in the church, as the tree of life for the reenactment of the story of Adam and Eve, with apples used as the forbidden fruit. Christmas and Christmas Markets in Strasbourg and Alsace - Strasbourg - Angloinfo. The Christmas season in Alsace begins towards the end of November with the appearance of wreaths made up of ribbons interwoven into branches of fir trees, holly and bay.

Christmas and Christmas Markets in Strasbourg and Alsace - Strasbourg - Angloinfo

There are four candles on the wreath which are lit on each of the four Sundays of Advent which precede Christmas. Saint Nicolas On the day of Saint Nicolas, 6 December, the patron saint of school children rewards youngsters who have been good by distributing treats in the form of cakes and toys. He is accompanied by Hans Trapp who is on hand to punish those children who have misbehaved with a gift of a stick dipped in vinegar or the threat of taking them away. Saint Nicolas may also set up a home in a chalet in the main square of a town and welcome children who wish to visit him. New Year in France - la St Sylvestre. In French, we call New Year's Eve "La Saint-Sylvestre" (pronounced "la sin(nasal) seal vay str") or "Le Réveillon du Nouvel An".

New Year in France - la St Sylvestre

Celebrated during the night of December 31st, we usually party with friends and/or family, in a more or less formal way. How Do You Celebrate New Year’s Eve In France? Some French people like to organize costume parties (des soirées déguisées) with a theme, others like to dress to the Nines (se mettre sur son 31), and dancing will be likely at these parties (French people like to dance… a lot!

And many still know how to dance the swing – or a French version of it – which is still very popular even among young people).