France celebrates 11 national holidays: New Year's Day (January 1), Easter Monday (day varies), Labor Day (May 1), WWII Victory Day (May 8), Bastille Day (July 14), Ascension Thursday (day varies), Pentecost (day varies), Assumption of Mary (August 15), All Saints' Day (November 1), Armistice Day (November 11) and Christmas (December 25). In addition, France celebrates a number of nonpublic holidays, such as the Epiphany, Valentine's Day, the first of April, Mother's Day and Halloween.Continue Reading
France's public holidays are called "jours fériés" and many public employees have the day off from work. When the day is on a Tuesday or Thursday, the French will take the Monday or Friday off to create a 4-day weekend.
Each holiday has its own set of meanings and traditions. For example:
In addition to holidays, by French law every citizen is given five weeks vacation. Many people choose to take the time off in July or August.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions