Holiday Guide for France in 2019

France 2019

France information

Population: 66.71m
Capital: Paris
Calling Code: (33)
Time Zone: +1 UTC
Currency: Euro
Language: French

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France List of Public Holidays in France in 2019

New Year's Day

New Year's Day (Jour de l'an)

France: New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel

Good Friday

 Long Weekend! 
Good Friday (Vendredi saint)

Grand Est: Alsace and Moselle. Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Monday

 Long Weekend! 
Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)

France: Easter is probably the most important holiday of the Christian year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

Labour Day

Labour Day (Fête du Travail)

France: This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement

V-E Day

V-E Day (La fête de la victoire)

France: Victory in Europe Day marks May 8 1945 when the Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany

Ascension Day

Ascension Day (Jour de l'Ascension)

France: Commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven thirty nine days after his crucifixion

Whit Monday

 Long Weekend! 
Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)

France: Commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day (Fête nationale)

France: Bastille Day celebrates the birth of the French Republic and marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789

Assumption Day

Assumption Day (Assomption)

France: The Feast of the Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ

All Saints' Day

 Long Weekend! 
All Saints' Day (La Toussaint)

France: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs

Armistice Day

 Long Weekend! 
Armistice Day (Jour d'armistice)

France: Observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honor the veterans of both World Wars.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day (Noël)

France: Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC

St. Stephen's Day

St. Stephen's Day (Deuxième jour de Noël)

Grand Est: 26th December is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as a second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.


  • 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.