Bastille Day

Bastille day

Bastille Day is a day of celebration in French culture. From morning to night, a wide selection of exceptional events make this anniversary an especially festive one. With a military parade, evenings with dancing, and a fireworks display there is something for all tastes and ages. We celebrate in France the 14th of July, which represents freedom, equality, fraternity and commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille.

This day is a national day in France: it’s a day of celebration for the French culture with a symbol of “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”, which are principles of articles in the “Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen” (The Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen). This declaration is a fundamental text of the French Revolution of 1789 and it was passed by France’s National Constituent Assembly just after the French Revolution. These document outlines individual natural rights.

There is a large military parade in Paris in the morning of July 14. The French President of the Republic opens the parade and greets the troops; thousands of spectators are present at the military parade. Many people participate in the parade: various military units, school units French Legions, etc. The parade ends with the Paris Fire Brigade. During the parade Military aircraft fly over the parade.

It's for this reason that if you are a tourist in France at this time of year, you should be aware that Bastille Day is a public holiday and many businesses will be closed. Restaurants and cafes outside of tourist areas may also be closed as well.

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The History of Bastille Day:

Bastille was a medieval fortress and the old jail of Paris. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, by the Parisian revolutionaries which was led by Camille Desmoulins, and marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

The Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime was absolute and had an arbitrary power. This jail was a symbol of his regime.

Therefore, this battle became a landmark event for the French Revolution and remains the symbol of the people's revolt. The people signaled that the king's power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

We call this event in France “le 14 Juillet”, but is worldwide known as “The Bastille Day”. It's also formally called « La fête nationale ». People of all nationalities celebrate the Bastille Day worldwide.

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