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Holidays in France

Holidays in France for 2020-2021 year
The set of french holidays includes some of the major international celebrations such as Christmas, Labor Day and All Saints’ 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.

French Holiday Calendar for 2020-2021 year

August 2020

Saturday 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)
Sunday 16 August - Xicolatada (Palau-de-Cerdagne, France); World Kite Day

September 2020

Thursday 24 September - New Caledonia Day (national holiday of the overseas territory of France, located on dozens of islands in the South Pacific)

October 2020

Wednesday 21 October - International Day of Culture for Concord and Peace (organized by Aljabart Charitable Foundation)
Thursday 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 2020

Sunday 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)
Wednesday 11 November - Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia. End of World War I-related observances)
Friday 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 2020

Saturday 5 December - National Memorial Day in France (in memory of those killed during the war in Algeria, the battles in Morocco and Tunisia)
Tuesday 8 December - World Climate Day (initiated by several environmental associations of France and Belgium); Festival of Education in Lyon, France (takes place on the night of December 8-9); Corsican National Holiday (Festa di a Nazione)
Wednesday 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)
Sunday 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)
Monday 21 December - World Orgasm Day (date for 2020. Celebrate the day of the winter solstice)
Saturday 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 2021

Thursday 7 January - Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
Wednesday 13 January - National Hypersensitivity Day in France (Journée nationale de l'hypersensibilité)
Thursday 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)
Sunday 24 January - International Women's Sports Day (initiated by the French CSA Audiovisual High Council in 2014)

February 2021

Tuesday 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)
Friday 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 2021

Monday 1 March - Grandmother's Day in France (La fête des grands-mères is celebrated on the first Monday in March)
Thursday 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)
Saturday 20 March - UN French Language Day (United Nations) 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 2021

Thursday 1 April - Poisson d'avril (France, Switzerland, French Community of Belgium)
Saturday 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)
Friday 30 April - Holiday of the Foreign Legion in France (date in memory of the Battle of Cameron)

May 2021

Monday 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)
Saturday 8 May - Victory Day in Poland and Czech (Narodowy Dzień Zwycięstwa in Poland established in 2015); 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)
Sunday 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); World Fair Trade Day (celebrated on the second Sunday of May)
Monday 10 May - The day of the abolition of slavery in France (Abolition de l'esclavage mark according to the law of May 21, 2001)
Thursday 13 May - Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Ascension of Jesus
Wednesday 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)
Wednesday 26 May - Game Festival in France (designed to promote cooperative and non-violent games)
Thursday 27 May - 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 30 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)

June 2021

Wednesday 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)
Tuesday 8 June - National Day of Remembrance of the Fallen for France in Indochina in France (journée nationale d'hommage aux «morts pour la France» en Indochine)
Friday 18 June - Call for Resistance in France (in honor of the call for resistance made by General de Gaulle on the radio from London in 1940)
Sunday 20 June - Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò 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)
Monday 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)
Tuesday 29 June - World Day against the abandonment of domestic animals (since 2019); 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 2021

Thursday 1 July - World Day of the White Band Against Poverty (as a reminder of the Millennium Goals signed in 2010)
Sunday 18 July - St. Arnulf’s 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 2021

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 “pont” (bridge) to create a long weekend.
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