Armistice Day around the world in 2019

Armistice Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Armistice Day?
This holiday next takes place in 111 days.
  Dates of Armistice Day around the world
2021VariousNov 11
New CaledoniaThu, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, Nov 11National Holiday
2020VariousNov 11
FranceWed, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaWed, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinWed, Nov 11National Holiday
2019VariousNov 11
FranceMon, Nov 11National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, Nov 11National Holiday
2018VariousNov 11
FranceSun, Nov 11National Holiday
Saint MartinSun, Nov 11National Holiday
2017FranceNov 11
France Sat, Nov 11National Holiday
  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.
  Which countries observe Armistice Day in 2019?
France  FranceNov 11National Holiday
New Caledonia  New CaledoniaNov 11National Holiday
Saint Martin  Saint MartinNov 11National Holiday

When is Armistice Day?

On 11th 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 honor 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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