When learning the French language, you probably are interested in French culture. Something that is very important for French people is les fériés, aka public holidays! Here is a list of every public holiday in France in 2024 and what they represent!

A lot of French holidays are based on Catholicism although many are no longer traditionally celebrated. Other holidays are celebrations of historical events, such as end of wars, the revolution, etc. 

How to Say Public Holiday in French? – French vocabulary 

Le jour férié 
the public holiday

Demain c’est férié! Heureusement. Je suis tellement fatigué. 
Tomorrow is a holiday! Thankfully. I’m so tired. 

What Changes During French Public Holidays? 

There are certain things you must know about public holidays in French:


    • Transport schedules are reduced (usually they use the same schedule as Sundays)

    • Most shops, restaurants, and gyms will either be closed or reduce their opening times

    • Depending on the holiday, there might be celebrations or parades, so some streets might be blocked. 

What are the French Public Holidays in 2024?

Public Holidays in France 2024

New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An) – January 1st

The year begins with the celebration of New Year’s Day, a time for gatherings, fireworks, and festive cheer as people bid adieu to the old year and welcome the new.

Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques) – April 1st

Following Easter Sunday, Easter Monday is observed in France. Families often spend this day together, enjoying meals and various activities.

Labor Day (Fête du Travail) – May 1st

Labor Day in France is marked by parades, demonstrations, and events advocating workers’ rights and social solidarity.

Victory in Europe Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945) – May 8th

This holiday commemorates the end of World War II in Europe and honors those who fought for freedom and peace.

Ascension Day (l’Ascension) – May 9th

Ascension Day celebrates the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven and is observed with religious services and family gatherings.

Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte) – May 19th

Following Pentecost Sunday, Whit Monday is a time for relaxation and often spent enjoying outdoor activities or family outings.

Bastille Day (Fête Nationale or le 14 Juillet) – July 14th

Bastille Day is one of the most significant national holidays in France, commemorating the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille. Festivities include parades, fireworks, and communal gatherings.

Assumption of Mary (l’Assomption) – August 15th

This holiday honors the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed with religious ceremonies across the country.

All Saints’ Day (la Toussaint) – November 1st

All Saints’ Day is a time for remembering and honouring deceased loved ones. Families visit cemeteries, decorate graves, and pay respects to the departed.

Armistice Day (Jour de l’Armistice) – November 11th

Armistice Day commemorates the end of World War I and honours those who served and sacrificed during the war.

Christmas Day (Noël) – December 25th

Christmas in France is a festive occasion celebrated with family gatherings, feasting, and exchanging gifts, marking the birth of Jesus Christ.

Other important days in France: 

L’Épiphanie – January 7th

La Chandeleur  – February 2nd

Mother’s Day (Jour des Mères) – May 26th 

Father’s Day (Jour des Pères) – June 16th 


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