Over more than seven centuries, Monaco created its own traditions carefully observed by the Monegasque families. The rich culture that is found in Monaco has emerged with the support of the government.
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year
Sunday 15 August - 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)
Monaco is the world’s second smallest country, preceded by only the Vatican. The Church plays a key role in shaping Monaco culture. Some of the popular foods that are usually served especially during holidays suchlike Carnival before Lent, Easter and Christmas are barbagiuan, fougasse, socca and stocafi.
As a harbor city, Monaco has had a colorful past, but has settled as a quiet haven for the rich and famous, who enjoy the principality’s tax-free status. Standards of living in the country are high almost similar to those well off French urban areas.
Monaco’s traditions has strong influences from its neighbors, France, Italy and Spain.
One of the most famous destinations of tourist is the Monte Carlo Casino, which is recognized as first-class with regards to art and cultural shows or concerts.
Every year the Music Film Festival in Monaco is held at Monte Carlo.