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France Public Holidays 2015

Check the 2015 Public holidays in France. The following dates are observed as 2015 Public holidays in France. Check dates in year 2015 for New Year’s Day, Labor Day, WWII Victory Day, Bastille Day, Assumption of the Blessed, All Saints Day, Armistice Day, Armistice Day, Christmas Day Holidays in France.

France Public Holidays 2015
Sr.No. Month Day Weak Day Name
1 January 1 Thursday New Year’s Day (Jour de l’an)
2 April 3 Friday Good Friday (only in the Moselle, the Bas-Rhin and the Haut-Rhin)
3 April 5 Sunday Easter (Pâques)
4 April 6 Monday Easter Monday
5 May 1 Friday Labor Day (Fête du premier mai)
6 May 8 Friday Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945; Fête du huitième mai)
7 May 14 Thursday Ascension (l’Ascencion)
8 May 24 Sunday Pentecost (la Pentecôte)
9 May 25 Monday Whit Monday
10 July 14 Tuesday Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
11 August 15 Saturday Assumption Day
12 November 1 Sunday All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
13 November 11 Wednesday Armistice Day (Jour d’armistice)
14 December 25 Friday Christmas Day (Noël)
15 December 26 Saturday Boxing Day (only in the Moselle, the Bas-Rhin and the Haut-Rhin)
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It is a public holiday in France. Many people spend the day quietly in the company of friends or family. Public life is generally quiet in France on January 1. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. Many people in France start New Year’s Day at midnight while celebrating with friends or family members. Public and private fireworks displays are common.
Labor Day
May Day in France is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate workers rights. It is also an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones. May 1 is a public holiday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. People in many areas give bouquets of lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones. This custom is particularly common in the area around Paris known as Île-de-France. Families with children in country areas get up early in the morning and go into the woods to pick the flowers.
WWII Victory Day
WWII Victory Day is a holiday to celebrate the end of World War II and the French people’s freedom. It is the anniversary of when Charlesde Gaulle announced the end of World War II in France on May 8, 1945. Schools, colleges and universities spend the period before May 8 focusing on the history of the Nazi oppression and World War II.
Bastille Day
Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture. Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks. Bastille Day is a public holiday in France so post offices, banks, and many businesses are closed. The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This was a pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Feast of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary’s spirit and body was assumed to heaven. It is an important occasion for village and church festivals and is a public holiday in France. Many Catholics in France attend church services to mark the Assumption of Mary on August 15 each year. Many churches are dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and hold special celebrations on this date. Village festivals are held in rural areas. Public life in France is generally quiet on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed.
All Saints Day
Many Christians honor the lives of their deceased relatives and all the saints on All Saints’ Day. They visit special church services and place flowers on family graves. In France, it is also a popular period for a short autumn vacation. Many Christians visit special church services on All Saints’ Day. They may also visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of deceased family members and close friends. Public life in France is generally very quiet on All Saints’ Day. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed.
Armistice Day
Armistice Day in France remembers those who died or were injured in World War I and other wars. It is generally a solemn occasion. Special church services are held to remember those who died in World War I and subsequent wars. Military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris are also organized. Public figures, including France’s president, lay wreaths and flowers at war memorials. Many people wear black or dark clothes. Armistice Day generally has a solemn mood. Armistice Day is a public
holiday in France so post offices, banks, stores and many businesses are closed.
Christmas Day
Many Christians in France celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Christians celebrate Christmas Day by remembering the Jesus Christ’s birth in Bethlehem around the year 3 BCE. Christianity was introduced to the area that is now France at the time of the Roman Empire, around 300 CE. This religion has played an important role in the France’s history. Many people spend the day quietly with family members or close friends. Many people in France put up a Christmas tree, visit a special church service, eat an elaborate meal and open Christmas
presents on Christmas Eve.
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