Deer Paris - Things to
do in Paris
PARIS HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS
Known as the 'City of Light', it is impossible
not to fall in love with Paris. The city is
always alive in every season; tourists and
visitors discover that there are plenty to
do for amusement, shopping sprees and entertainment.
However, It is helpful to know the dates of
French public holidays, especially when making
plans for hotel and transportation reservations.
During these holidays, some (if not all) businesses
and stores are either closed or will remain
open for a few hours. Public transportation,
especially in some areas may operate for limited
hours and services.
January 1 New Years Day
April 21 (2003) Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 8 1945 Victory Day
May 29 (2003) Ascension
June 9 (2003) Whit Monday
July 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Assumption
November 1 All Saints Day
November 11 Remembrance Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Most businesses, museums and stores are closed
on France's public holidays (jours fériés).
When a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday,
expect to see closed establishments on that
Monday or Friday (a practice known as faire
le pont - to make a bridge) . Banks and public
offices close at noon on the nearest working
day before a public holiday.
France's national holiday on 14 July commemorates
the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison,
the event that kicked off the French Revolution.
Across the country especially in Paris, the
holiday is celebrated with merrily wherein
the day ends with a massive fireworks display
and many people celebrating in the streets.