A list of French public and bank holidays for your diaries, so you can plan your visits to France or outings.
1 January, New Year's Day (Jour de l'an)
1 May, Labour Day (Fête de premier mai)
8 May, WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945; Fête du huitième mai)
14 July, Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
15 August, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
1 November, All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
11 November, Armistice Day (Jour d'Armistice)
25 December, Christmas Day (Noël)
26 December, 2nd Day of Christmas (in Alsace and Lorraine only)
Religion: Christian (Western)
Feast: 2007, 2008, 2009,
Good Friday*: 6 April, 21 March, 10 April,
Easter (Pâques): 8 April, 23 March, 12 April,
Easter Monday: 9 April, 24 March, 13 April,
Ascension (l'Ascension): 17 May, 1 May, 21 May,
Pentecost (la Pentecôte): 27 May, 11 May, 31 May,
Whit Monday: 28 May, 12 May, 1 June,
*In Alsace and Lorraine only
In years when Ascension Day and Victory Day concur, the form only is marked ignoring the latter.
Metal workers have the holiday of Saint Eloi, July 24 (Festival of Saint Eloi - French Basque)
Please note that when a holiday happens to fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, many French workers may take a long weekend, ie take the Monday or retrospectively, Friday, off as well.
This is not official and doesn't apply to government offices or banks, but is commonplace and can cause difficulties in business occasionally.
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