This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in France. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Observance

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 8 Wednesday Victory in Europe Day Public holiday

V Day is celebrated to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

May 26 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Last Sunday of May (sometimes First Sunday of June if the last Sunday of May is Pentecost) in France

May 30 Thursday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 9 Sunday Pentecost Observance

The Christian feast day, which is celebrated ten days after Ascension Thursday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ

June 10 Monday Whit Monday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

July 14 Sunday Bastille Day Public holiday

The French National Day, сommemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, and the unity of the French people at the Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 11 Monday Armistice Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the signing of the Armistice between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers effectively ending all military operations and hostilities in all theatres and fronts of World War I at Compiègne, France

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday St Stephen's Day Observance

The Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in France in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in France. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Observance

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 8 Wednesday Victory in Europe Day Public holiday

V Day is celebrated to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

May 26 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Last Sunday of May (sometimes First Sunday of June if the last Sunday of May is Pentecost) in France

May 30 Thursday Ascension Day Public holiday

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 9 Sunday Pentecost Observance

The Christian feast day, which is celebrated ten days after Ascension Thursday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ

June 10 Monday Whit Monday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

July 14 Sunday Bastille Day Public holiday

The French National Day, сommemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, and the unity of the French people at the Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 11 Monday Armistice Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the signing of the Armistice between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers effectively ending all military operations and hostilities in all theatres and fronts of World War I at Compiègne, France

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday St Stephen's Day Observance

The Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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