Armistice Day around the world in 2020

Armistice Day around the world in 2020
The symbol of remembrance in France is the bleuet. Image by Claude Truong-Ngoc , via Wikimedia Commons

  How long until Armistice Day?
This holiday next takes place in 122 days.
  Dates of Armistice Day around the world
2022 Various Nov 11
FranceFri, Nov 11National Holiday
French GuianaFri, Nov 11National Holiday
French PolynesiaFri, Nov 11National Holiday
GuadeloupeFri, Nov 11National Holiday
MartiniqueFri, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaFri, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinFri, Nov 11National Holiday
2021 Various Nov 11
French GuianaThu, Nov 11National Holiday
French PolynesiaThu, Nov 11National Holiday
GuadeloupeThu, Nov 11National Holiday
MartiniqueThu, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaThu, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, Nov 11National Holiday
2020 Various Nov 11
FranceWed, Nov 11National Holiday
French GuianaWed, Nov 11National Holiday
French PolynesiaWed, Nov 11National Holiday
GuadeloupeWed, Nov 11National Holiday
MartiniqueWed, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaWed, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinWed, Nov 11National Holiday
2019 Various Nov 11
FranceMon, Nov 11National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Nov 11National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, Nov 11National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Nov 11National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, Nov 11National Holiday
2018 Various Nov 11
FranceSun, Nov 11National Holiday
French GuianaSun, Nov 11National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Nov 11National Holiday
GuadeloupeSun, Nov 11National Holiday
MartiniqueSun, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinSun, Nov 11National Holiday
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.
  Which countries observe Armistice Day in 2020?
  FranceNov 11National Holiday
  French GuianaNov 11National Holiday
  French PolynesiaNov 11National Holiday
  GuadeloupeNov 11National Holiday
  MartiniqueNov 11National Holiday
  New CaledoniaNov 11National Holiday
  Saint MartinNov 11National Holiday

When is Armistice Day?

On November 11th, France commemorates Armistice Day with a national holiday.

Known in French as 'Jour d'armistice', Armistice Day is reserved as a day to commemorate the end of the first world war 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 November 11th 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."

Even though November 11th is used to reflect the end of the war, it specifically marks the ceasefire on the Western Front as 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. The original name of the holiday was 'Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale' (Armistice of the First World War), but as in other parts of the world, the holiday was lare used to commemorate the fallen in the second world war and other conflicts.

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. Almost every town and village in France has a war memorial listing the men from the local area who died for their country. A grand parade at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris where the French president will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

The symbol of remembrance in France is the bleuet, or cornflower. It was chosen because cornflowers have traditionally symbolised "pure and delicate" sentiments, while blue is one of the colours of the French flag, and was also the colour of many soldiers' uniforms in the First World War. Like the poppy in the UK and Canada, profits from bleuet sales go to veterans' charities.

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