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National Day - Bastille Day - Celebrations in Midi-Pyrenees and France

08 July 2015


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France celebrates National Day every year across France with parades and celebrations.


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La Fete Nationale - Bastille Day in France and Midi-Pyrenees 2015

Every year France, and particularly Paris, celebrates Bastille Day on 14 July.  To the French, it is la Fete Nationale, whereas the rest of the world seem to refer to it as Bastille Day.  True, it is celebrating the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison during the French Revolution, but it was only one small part of those events that contributed to the establishment of the French Republique.

 

La Fete Nationale is celebrated every year on 14th July all across France, with many special events being held.  By far the largest and most prestigious celebrations are held in Paris, with a massive military parade in front of the President, parties and a huge fireworks display. 

 

Celebrations will be held all over the Midi-Pyrenees and in Toulouse, the party starts tonight with music and fireworks.

 

Bastille Day is a public holiday so all public offices, banks and the majority of businesses will be closed.  Away from tourist areas, don’t be surprised to find restaurants and cafes closed, although you should be able to find a boulangerie open – bread after all is another French institution!

 

The day takes its name from a pivotal event during the Revolution.  The Bastille, a fortress-prison, was stormed on 14th July 1789 and is seen as the start of the modern French nation and the Republic of France.

 

The following year, the first Fete de la Federation was held and has continued ever since with a national celebration held on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

 

In towns and villages across the country, celebrations and repas (meal of several courses) will be held and often followed by huge fireworks displays.

 

If you are out and about, be prepared for people celebrating by throwing fireworks around!  It is a huge celebration across the country.

 

 

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