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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.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
DST ends Daylight Saving Time Time Related
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Armistice Day Veterans Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day Public, National
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
St Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Years Day New Year's Public, National
Epiphany Epiphany - Three Kings Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed East Asian
Candlemas Candlemas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Lantern Festival Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
DST starts Daylight Saving Time Time Related
April Fools Day Popular & Widely Observed, Daily, Noteworthy, Awareness, Other
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Labour Day Public, National
Victory Day Victory Day Public, National
Ascension Day Ascension Day Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mothers Day Mothers' Day Popular & Widely Observed
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Father's Day Father's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Bastille Day / France National Day National Day Public, National