France is a country full of traditions, festivals, markets and events of all kinds.
Most towns and villages have a special "Saint's day", which is celebrated. The famous "Fete de la musique" has also spread into other countries.
The most important date is still the 14th of July, which is Bastille day, the festival of the French revolution.
France is split into 3 different zones for the school holidays, each zone taking turns to being school holidays. This is to ease road taffic.
The average French worker has 5 weeks of paid holiday per year.
More important historical dates
1st : Jour de l'An (New years day)
February11th : Notre Dame de Lourdes (Our Lady of Lourdes)
1st: Les Rameaux
29th : Souvenir Déportés (Rememberance day for the deported WWII)
1st : Fête du travail (labour day, tradtionally people offer "Muguet" Lily-of-the-Valley flowers)
8th : Victoire (V-day 1945)
13th : Fête de Jeanne d'Arc
L'Ascension (40 days after Easter)
F1 Grand Prix Monaco
Pentecôte, with the following Monday being a national holiday.
Fête des Mères (Mothers day, generally the last Sunday of May)
International film festival at Cannes
International tennis open of France at the Rolland Garros stadium, Paris
The month May has three national holidays, with many people taking an extra day when possible to have a long weekend. The French say that there are two types of the month of May. The first is for the Bosses, when the holidays fall on a weekend, the second is for the workers when the holidays fall on Tuesdays or Thursdays, allowing long weekends.
3rd Sunday : Fête des Pères ( Fathers day)
24 heures at Le Mans (Le Mans 24 hours)
Mid June Nice Jazz festival
Tour de France bicycle race, www.letour.fr
14th : Fête Nationale (celebrating the taking of the Bastille in Paris during the revolution 1789)
2nd & 3rd week : The festival of Jazz at antibes and Juan-les-Pins
15th : Assomption
The 1st and 15th are very important dates for departures and returns of main holidays, the roads will have heavy traffic.
1st Sunday : Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp
1st weekend : Lille Flea market, one of the biggest in Europe.
October5th : Saint François d'Assise
1st : Toussaint (All saints day)
11th: L'Armistice (1918 WWI)
International Food Festival in Dijon, "La Foire Gastronomique", one of the most important food fairs in the world, attracting hundres of thousands of visitors each year.
Les Trois Glorieuses very famous wine auction at the Hospices of Beaune
25th December : Noël (Christmas day)
31st : Saint Sylvestre (New Years eve)
First Sunday is Avent