Public Holidays in France in 2021

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During the 11 official public holidays in France, most businesses, shops and offices will be closed. Some supermarkets and bakeries may open in the morning. Restaurants may open for lunch and/or dinner, but it is worth checking before and making a reservation in advance to be sure. Many tourist attractions may be shut or have limited opening hours.


When are the next Public holidays in France?

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List of Holidays in France in 2021

Day Date Holiday Name French Name Type Comments
Friday New Year's Day Jour de l'an Public Holiday
Friday Good Friday Vendredi saint Regional Holiday Alsace and Moselle
Monday Easter Monday Lundi de Pâques Public Holiday
Saturday Labour Day Fête du Travail Public Holiday International Workers' Day
Saturday V-E Day Fête de la Victoire Public Holiday
Thursday Ascension Day Jour de l'Ascension Public Holiday 39 days after Easter Sunday
Monday Whit Monday Lundi de Pentecôte Public Holiday 7th Monday after Easter
Sunday Mother's Day Fête des Mères Not A Public Holiday Last Sunday in May. Not a public holiday
Sunday Father's Day Fête des Pères Not A Public Holiday 3rd Sunday in June. Not a public holiday
Wednesday Bastille Day Fête Nationale Public Holiday French National Day
Sunday Assumption Day Assomption Public Holiday
Monday All Saints' Day Toussaint Public Holiday
Thursday Armistice Day Jour d'armistice Public Holiday
Saturday Christmas Day Noël Public Holiday
Sunday St. Stephen's Day Deuxième jour de Noël Regional Holiday Alsace and Moselle

Notes

  • French fixed Public Holidays that fall on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday.
  • If a public holiday falls on a Thursday, it is common for many workers to take the Friday as a 'pont' (bridge) to create a long weekend.
  • No time off in lieu is granted when a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday.