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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 Year’s 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.