Saturday, 11 July 2009
French National Holiday
Félicitations à la France! Congratulations to France! I am early, because I will be very busy in the next few days. But better early than late.
La fête nationale française est la fête nationale de la France, qui a lieu chaque 14 juillet depuis 1880. Elle commémore la fête de la Fédération, qui fêtait elle-même le premier anniversaire de la prise de la Bastille, et marquait la fin de la monarchie absolue. C'est un jour férié, chômé et payé
Date: 14 July
Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, 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.
Although the Bastille only held seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the storming of the prison was a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French citizens; like the Tricolore flag, it symbolized the Republic's three ideals: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity for all French citizens. It marked the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, eventually, the creation of the (First) Republic, in 1792.
I see you next week, hopefully. Have a great weekend and beautiful weather!