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Holidays & Observances in France

France is a West European country that shares its borders with many other countries. Christianity is the most popularly practiced religion, and holidays such as Christmas and Easter are the most important in the country, often celebrated by even those who aren’t religious. The most popular non-religious holiday is Bastille Day, which celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille Prison. It is celebrated similarly to the way many countries celebrate Independence Day, with fireworks and enthusiastic celebrations. Food is a very important part of the French culture, so many of the most important holidays have special meals associated with them.

 

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Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Epiphany - Three Kings Day Epiphany Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Candlemas Candlemas Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Valentine's Day Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ascension Day Ascension Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Whit (Pentecost) Monday Whit Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Mothers' Day Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Bastille Day Bastille Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
National Day Bastille Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Independence Day Bastille Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Assumption Day Assumption of Mary Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Veterans Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day Armistice Day National, Federal, Bank, Public