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CultureFrench Holidays

There are 11 public holidays in France. It used to be that many stores and shopping centers closed for the holidays listed below. That is no longer the case. The big holidays in France are New Years Day, Christmas and Labor Day - May 1st. During those holidays it will be difficult to find stores open. But for the others it shouldn’t be that difficult.

Note that the Monday after Pentecost (lundi de Pentecôte) is no longer an official holiday. But many public institutions (schools, town halls) and some private companies are closed.

Ever heard someone say that they were going to 'Faire le Pont'? Didn't know what it meant? Click here to find out.

Mother's Day in France

Jour de l'an New Years day January 1st
Pâques Easter Sunday after Good Friday, Monday after is a paid holiday.
Fête du Travail Labor Day May 1st
Victoire 1945 Victory in WWII May 8th
Ascension Ascension Thursday - 40 days after Easter Sunday.
Lundi de Pentecôte Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday) 8th Monday after Easter/10 days after Ascension.
Fête Nationale Bastille Day July 14th
Assomption Assumption August 15th
Toussaint All Saints Day November 1st
Armistice 1918 Armistice Day November 11th
Noël Christmas December 25th

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