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Armistice Day in 2019

national and public holidays in France National Holiday in France

France observes Armistice Day on 11 November

When is Armistice Day?

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Dates of Armistice Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2019 Monday
2018 Sunday
2017 Saturday
2016 Friday
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Jour d'armistice
Summary
Observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honor the veterans of both World Wars.

On 11 November, France commemorates Armistice Day.

Known in French as 'Jour d'armistice', Armistice Day is reserved as a day to commemorate the end of World War I and honour the veterans of both World Wars.

History of Armistice Day

The holiday has its roots in the armistice signed between Germany and the allies in the morning of 11 November 1918, that ended World War I.

The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France. The signing of the armistice marked the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning; the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

While this date is used to reflect the end of the war, it specifically marks the ceasefire on the Western Front.

Hostilities continued in other regions for a short period, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

11th November was made a national holiday in France in 1922. The date was chosen because veterans wanted to commemorate the end of the war rather than the victory.

While the end of the war may be seen as a time for happiness and celebration; the unprecedented loss of life in the war means that the day is observed with reverence across France with shops, banks and businesses all closing. A one-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the fallen.

In observance of this day there are parades throughout France, such as the grand parade at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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