Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sunday, 14 July 2013

July 14th

July 14th - This date in France can only mean one thing – Bastille Day !

The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the very harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This has been seen as the pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This has been seen ever since as the way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

Official celebrations were held in Paris on June 30, 1878, to honor the Republic of France, this was followed on 14th  July 1879, when more official celebrations were held. These included a military review in Longchamp near Paris and celebrations all over the country. After this it was proposed that July 14th should become a holiday in France in 1880, the law being enacted on July 6th 1880. Bastille Day then became a public holiday for the first time on July 14th 1880. The military parade in Paris has been held every year since 1880, except during World War II.

No French Bank Holiday would be complete without a delicious meal. Many communes have a ‘get-together’ on Bastille Day, a type of street party. But in many regions, families gather to enjoy a typically leisurely informal meal in the middle of the day.

Nowadays, the parade and the meals are traditions that are still going strong, but fireworks have also become a traditional part of the festivities in many regions of France. Especially in the bigger cities, you can expect to enjoy a patriotic fireworks display in the evening, sometimes on the 13th, but more likely on the evening of the 14th.

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