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It is the middle of January, so
obviously the most important thing to be thinking about now is your next
holiday (to France of course). Last January I posted a popular blog about the
French public and school holiday dates and although I may be a little later
this year, I thought you would find it useful to know the dates for 2015.
Public Holidays in France 2015
6th April, Easter Monday (note
there is no Good Friday holiday in France)
1st May, Fête du Travail
8th May, Victory in Europe Day
14th May, Ascension Day
25th May, Pentecost Monday
14th July, Fete National
15th August, Assumption Day
1st November, All Saint's Day
11th November, Armistice Day
25th December, Christmas Day
With the exception of the three
holidays linked to Easter: Easter Monday, Ascension Day and Pentecost Monday,
the above dates are the same every year and the holiday is always observed on
the actual date rather than being moved to the nearest Monday as the UK would
do. Public holidays can therefore fall on weekends. To make up for this it is
not uncommon for people to faire le pont
(make a bridge), if a holiday falls on a Thursday (Ascension Day) or a Tuesday
(14th July this year) by taking off the Friday or Monday giving
themselves a four day weekend. It is worth noting that in many areas of rural
France most shops, supermarkets, petrol stations, garden centres and DIY stores
will be either closed or only open in the mornings on pubic holidays. Opening on public holidays is becoming more common and most shops will be
open on the bridge days.
In France the schools are split
into three zones and most of the holidays are staggered so not everyone is
trying to hit the ski slopes or beaches at the same time, although be prepared
for extra traffic on the roads on all Saturdays during the school holidays.
Here are the dates for 2015:
The winter holiday is from 7th
February to 8th March. Zone A gets the first two weeks, Zone C the middle two
and Zone B the last two.
The spring holiday is from 11th
April to 10th May. Zone A gets the first two weeks, C the middle two and B the
The summer holiday for all zones
is from 4th July until 31st August.
The October holiday for all zones
is from 17th October to 1st November.
The Christmas holiday for all
zones is from 19th December to 4th January 2016.
I hope you find this useful and
if you are planning a holiday to France, I hope it’s a good one. If you are
still looking, don’t forget to check out Special Places in France
For more information on some of the French traditions surrounding their holidays do check out French Holidays and Traditions by Margo Lestz, Amazon link below.