French Calendar 2013
Paris evokes the carefree and creative spirit of those who sip coffee along the Seine. Be sure to know early though when to come and when to go, as getting stuck in an airport (you need to apply for an emergency exit visa but you happen to have needed it on a holiday)can be quite unpleasant even if one is in the City of Lights.
Jour de l’ an
New Year’s Day-Because the French follow the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Day is as celebrated here as in other parts of the world that uses the same standard.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Good Friday – In the Christendom, of which France is a significant constituent, Good Friday commemorates the death of the Savior in the cross.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Easter Sunday – Along with Good Friday, Easter Sunday is a highly Catholic and Christian tradition, and as such, considered not as national holidays but merely observances. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. In French calendar 2013, this is a local holiday.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Lundi de Pâques
Easter Monday – The French consider the day after Easter a national public holiday, where most spend the day in peace and quiet outdoors and with family and friends. Children often play the Easter egg hunt during this day, along with other customs and traditions of the region.
Monday, 1 April 2013
Fête du Travail
Labor Day – The French, like all other industrialized countries in the world, honor the contribution of the laborers and workers to the advancement of the economy and of the society in general.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Victory 45 – This national holiday celebrates the end of World War II in Europe which took much of the blitzkrieg that the Germans unleashed.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Ascension Day – After Christ resurrected, he ascended to the heavens on the 40th day of Easter and 10 days before the Pentecost. This is a national holiday in France.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Lundi de Pentecôte
Whit Monday – The Monday after Pentecost. Similarly, this is a national holiday in the French calendar 2013. This is the day that many Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Christ.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Juillet – Fête Nationale
Bastille Day – This is the day that commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress, a symbol of royal authority headed by Louis XVI. This event started the French Revolution.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Assumption of Mary – Many Christians believe that Mary, the Mother of God, ascended to heaven in her body and spirit. Although deeply religious, this day is a public holiday in French calendar 2013.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
All Saints’ Day – The Western regard for the departed may not be as spiritually deep as that of the east, as this religious holiday has somewhat evolved into a secular celebration. Nonetheless, this is the time when families remember their departed.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale
Armistice Day – This is the day when all those who died and were injured in World War I and other wars are commemorated.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Christmas Eve and Day – The Christians celebrate the birth of their savior on this day, in the same way that all other religious denominations in the world celebrate the birth of important people in their faith.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy France Holidays in 2013.!
Category: France Holidays