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Holidays in France

Holidays in France for 2023-2024 year
The set of french holidays includes some of the major international celebrations such as Christmas, Labor Day and All Saintsí Day. But holidays, dedicated to the history of France, have a very special place not only in the Holiday Calendar of the country but in the hearts of the French people and are woven tightly into their overall cultural identity. The most notable such holiday is the Bastille Day. Here is the list of all Holidays in France. Help us Help us 

French Holiday Calendar for 2023-2024 year

April 2023

Monday 17 April - Malbec World Day (Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. MWD is celebrated to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines)
Sunday 30 April - Holiday of the Foreign Legion in France (date in memory of the Battle of Cameron)

May 2023

Wednesday 3 May - Poetry Festival in Toulouse, France (poetry contest of the Academy of Floraly, Toulouse organizer of poetry competitions for prizes of flowers held annually in the city, starting from the XIV century)
Friday 5 May - No Pants Day (It is held on the first Friday in May)
Monday 8 May - Victory Day in Poland and Czech (Narodowy Dzień Zwycięstwa in Poland established in 2015; Liberation Day in Czech Republic); Johannian Holidays in Orleans, France (in honor of the liberation in 1429 of Joan of Arc and her army from the city besieged by the British)
Tuesday 9 May - Europe Day (is the name of two annual observance days, 5 May by the Council of Europe and 9 May by the European Union, which recognize the peace and prosperity within Europe that both have achieved since their formation)
Wednesday 10 May - The day of the abolition of slavery in France (Abolition de l'esclavage mark according to the law of May 21, 2001)
Saturday 13 May - World Fair Trade Day (celebrated on the second Saturday of May)
Thursday 18 May - Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Ascension of Jesus
Friday 19 May - St. Yves of Kermartensky Day in Brittany, France (Ivo Helori or Ivo Bretonsky was born on October 17, 1253, died May 19, 1303. In the Roman Catholic Church, he is considered a saint, and is traditionally considered the patron saint of lawyers, notaries and lawyers)
Saturday 27 May - Game Festival in France (designed to promote cooperative and non-violent games); Slavery Abolition Day (Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin); National Resistance Day in France (on the occasion of the anniversary of the first meeting of the National Council of Resistance)
Sunday 28 May - Mother's Day in France (also Algeria, Dominican Republic. First Sunday of June, if Pentecost occurs on this day, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia; celebrated on the last Sunday in May)
Monday 29 May - Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost)

June 2023

Thursday 1 June - World Responsible Tourism Day (Celebrated since 2012 on the first working day of June); LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Day
Friday 2 June - International Sex Workers Day (In 1975, on 2nd June, about 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces. This action sparked a national movement, and the day is now celebrated in Europe and around the world)
Thursday 8 June - National Day of Remembrance of the Fallen for France in Indochina in France (journée nationale d'hommage aux ęmorts pour la FranceĽ en Indochine)
Sunday 18 June - Father's Day (—elebrated on the third Sunday of June ÝÚ Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom); Call for Resistance in France (in honor of the call for resistance made by General de Gaulle on the radio from London in 1940)
Wednesday 21 June - Music Festival in France; Make Music Day (Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries); Summer Solstice (International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice)
Thursday 29 June - Independence Day in French Polynesia (anniversary of the transfer of full sovereignty over all territories depending on the crown of Tahiti to France, by King Pomar V in 1880)

July 2023

Saturday 1 July - World Day of the White Band Against Poverty (as a reminder of the Millennium Goals signed in 2010)
Tuesday 18 July - St. Arnulfís Day in France (Arnulf was the Frankish bishop of Metz and lived in about 582-640 years. Three legends are associated with him: about the ring that returned to him, about the fire that receded from him and about the beer that was given to him, to quench the thirst of pilgrims)

August 2023

Thursday 3 August - Stephen (Discovery of the relic. Christian feast day)
Tuesday 15 August - Acadia National Festival; Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu); Twins Day in Pleucadeuc (Morbihan, France. Deux et plus)
Wednesday 16 August - Xicolatada (Palau-de-Cerdagne, France); World Kite Day
Sunday 20 August - Sanofi S.A. Day (We are an innovative global healthcare company, driven by one purpose: we chase the miracles of science to improve peopleís lives)

September 2023

Sunday 3 September - Apple Slipper Day in Saint Calais, France (Celebrated on the first Sunday of September)
Friday 22 September - French Republican New Year (the first day "Grape" in the Month of Vendémiaire. The first day of Miķeļi in ancient Latvia)
Sunday 24 September - New Caledonia Day (national holiday of the overseas territory of France, located on dozens of islands in the South Pacific)

October 2023

Saturday 21 October - International Day of Culture for Concord and Peace (organized by Aljabart Charitable Foundation)
Sunday 22 October - National Day of Remembrance of Guy Moke and his 26 comrades in France (Guy Moke was a young French Communist. During the German occupation of France, World War II, in response to the attacks of the French Resistance against the Germans, he was taken hostage by the Nazis and executed)

November 2023

Wednesday 1 November - All Saints' Day a holy day of obligation (a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. And its related observance: Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. - Mexico, Haiti)
Saturday 11 November - Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia. End of World War I-related observances)
Monday 13 November - Memorial Day of Abbon from Fleury (he was a monk of the Benedictine order, an abbot of the Fleury monastery in France, a prominent church and political figure, a supporter of the Kluni reform, a scholar and encyclopedist of the X century)

December 2023

Tuesday 5 December - National Memorial Day in France (in memory of those killed during the war in Algeria, the battles in Morocco and Tunisia)
Friday 8 December - World Climate Day (initiated by several environmental associations of France and Belgium); Festival of Lights in Lyon, France (takes place on the night of December 8-11); Corsican National Holiday (Festa di a Nazione)
Saturday 9 December - Laity Day in France (established on the initiative of L'Observatoire de la laïcité - French advisory committee tasked with assisting the government in upholding and promoting the principle of secularism)
Wednesday 13 December - Acadia Memorial Day (dedicated to the tragic event during the deportation of the Acadians, the ships of the Duke of William, Ruby and Violet, sunk in 1758); Mass for the prosperity of France (conducted by Cardinal Vicar in the Basilica of St. John of Lateran)
Thursday 21 December - World Orgasm Day (date for 2023. Celebrate the day of the winter solstice)
Tuesday 26 December - St. Stephen's Day (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Andorra, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland)

January 2024

Sunday 7 January - Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
Saturday 13 January - National Hypersensitivity Day in France (Journée nationale de l'hypersensibilité)
Sunday 21 January - Memorial Day of the Death of Louis XVI (the tradition of the French royalists in memory of the king guillotined in the Place de la Revolution. Events are also held in the atonement chapel in Paris and in the Basilica of Saint-Denis)
Wednesday 24 January - International Women's Sports Day (initiated by the French CSA Audiovisual High Council in 2014)

February 2024

Friday 16 February - Commemoration of the fallen gendarmerie employees in France (anniversary of the adoption of the law of 1791 - the creation of the national gendarmerie)
Monday 19 February - Savoy National Festival, France (Savoy - a department in the east of France, one of the departments of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region)

March 2024

Sunday 3 March - Grandmother's Day in France (La fête des grands-mères is celebrated on the first Sunday in March)
Monday 11 March - European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorism (commemorating the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004, which killed 191 people)
Wednesday 20 March - UN French Language Day and International Francophonie Day (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie); International Macaroon Day (macaroon is a French confectionery made from egg whites, sugar and ground almonds. Usually made in the form of cookies; put cream or jam between two layers)

April 2024

Monday 1 April - Poisson d'avril (France, Switzerland, French Community of Belgium)

Notes:

Fixed public holidays that fall on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday. No time off in lieu is granted when a public holiday falls on a Saturday. When a public holiday occurs on a Thursday, the following Friday is often taken as a ďpontĒ (bridge) to create a long weekend.
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