Bastille Day / French National Day

Bastille Day or French National Day is a public holiday in France to commemorate French Republican Movement marked by the storming of the Bastille – a fortress utilized as a state prison in France. People in France celebrate Bastille Day annually on 14 July – the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Bastille Day is also known as La FĂȘte Nationale in France.

When is Bastille Day 2014?
Bastille Day 2014 falls on Monday, 14 July 2014.

The Origin of Bastille Day
On 14 July 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille which became the symbol of monarchy’s absolute and arbitrary power for holding some political prisoners who displeased the royal government. The storming of Bastille led to the abolition of feudalism on 4 August 1789 and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen on the next 26 August. Thus, the storming day of Bastille was then observed as French National Day and public holiday for people in France.

Bastille Day 2014 Celebration
During Bastille Day, formal ceremonies, festivals, and parades are held throughout France. One main attraction on the celebration of Bastille Day is the Military Parade which includes infantry troops, motorized troops, and aircraft acrobats. Recently, France invites the troops of its allies including British and Germany to enliven the celebration of French National Day.

Many communities all over France celebrate the day by arranging interesting events such as musical performances, fireworks, and communal meals. Many people in France take part in the events held near their residences. Some others choose to spend the holiday by staying at home with family and close friends.

Happy Bastille Day 2014 !