Public holidays in FranceFrom Easter to Pentecost to Christmas, most of the holidays are Christian. Despite the dominating Catholic Church, Corpus Christi is not a public holiday. The national holiday is celebrated on 14 July.
Good Friday and Boxing Day are special: both are public holidays only in Alsace and Lorraine. However, they are known throughout the country.
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Non-movable holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan. 1st||New Year||Jour de l'An|
|May 1st||Labor Day||Fête du travail|
|May 8th||Victory Day 1945||Fête de la Victoire|
|July 14th||French National Day||Fête Nationale de la France|
|Aug. 15th||Assumption Day||Assomption|
|Nov. 1st||All Saints' Day||Toussaint|
|Nov. 11th||Ceasefire of Compiègne||Armistice 1918|
|Dec. 6th||Saint Nicholas||Saint-Nicolas|
|Dec. 25th||1st Christmas Holiday||Noël|
|Dec. 26th||2nd Christmas holiday (only Alsace + Lorraine)||Lendemain de Noël|
Moving Holidays in France
|Good Friday (only Alsace + Lorraine)||Vendredi Saint||April 15th||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd|
|Easter Sunday||Jour de Pâques||April 17th||April 9th||March 31st||April 20th||April 5th|
|Easter Monday||Lundi de Pâques||April 18th||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th|
|Ascension of Christ||Ascension||May 26th||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th|
|Mother's Day||Fête des Mères||May 29th||May 28th||May 26th||May 25th||May 31st|
|Whit Sunday||Pentecôte||June 5th||May 28th||May 19th||June 8th||May 24th|
|Whit Monday||Lundi de Pentecôte||June 6th||May 29th||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th|
|Corpus Christi||Fête-Dieu||June 16th||June 8th||May 30th||June 19th||June 4th|
|Father's Day||Fête des Pères||June 19th||June 18th||June 16th||June 15th||June 21st|
Day of VictoryLike many other countries involved in the Second World War, France has a holiday that dates back to its end. Every year, the "Day of Victory", or "Day of Armistice", commemorates the 8th of May 1945, the day on which the German troops capitulated, thus bringing about the end of the war. On this day the church bells ring all over France. The holiday was introduced in France in 1981.
The fact that some countries celebrate this day on 8 May, others on 9 May, is quite justified: The deed was signed on the night of May 9th, shortly after midnight German time. At that time summer time was in force in Germany, but not in all neighbouring countries, which is why some of them were still 1 hour behind and had a different date.