Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Years Day on Christmas Day.
New Year's Day
Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Sunday January 1, 2023
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Chinese New Year
Monday January 23, 2023
cards/flowers : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. NOT a public holiday
Paris Grand Prix d'Amérique
Sunday January 29, 2023
Sports events : Www.prix-amerique.com/ 2023 edition confirmed
Tennis Open Sud de France
Monday February 6, 2023
Sports events : lasts 5 days -- in Montpellier 2023 edition confirmed
Friday February 10, 2023
Secular holiday : Nice Carnaval - www.nicecarnaval.com lasts 2 weeks -- in Nice only - Southern France 2023 edition confirmed
Monday February 13, 2023
Tradeshows : Lasts 5 days -
wines & spirits in Paris 2023 edition confirmed
Marseille Open 13 Tennis Cup
Monday February 13, 2023
Sports events : Www.atptennis.com 2023 edition confirmed
Tuesday February 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February
Tennis Open 13 Provence
Monday February 20, 2023
Sports events : lasts 6 days -- in Marseilles 2023 edition confirmed
Salon de l'Agriculture
Saturday February 25, 2023
Tradeshows : Www.salon-agriculture.com/ lasts 10 days - in Paris 2023 edition confirmed
Sunday March 5, 2023
cards/flowers : Depuis 1987
Mondial du Tourisme
Thursday March 16, 2023
Tradeshows : Www.lemondeaparis.com/ Lasts 5 days - Porte de Versailles in Paris 2023 edition confirmed
Tuesday March 21, 2023
Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)
Thursday March 23, 2023
Daylight Saving Time
Sunday March 26, 2023
Special Events : At 1:00 am local times
April Fools Day
Saturday April 1, 2023
cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.
Marathon de Paris
Sunday April 2, 2023
Sports events : Www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com 2023 edition confirmed
Sunday April 9, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday
Monday April 10, 2023
Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.
Wednesday April 12, 2023
cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday
Printemps de Bourges
Tuesday April 18, 2023
Culture : Http://www.printemps-bourges.com/ in Center France - song festival -lasts 6 days 2023 edition confirmed
Paris Book Fair - Salon du Livre
Friday April 21, 2023
Tradeshows : Https://www.festivaldulivredeparis.fr/ lasts 4 days - in Paris 2023 edition confirmed
End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)
Saturday April 22, 2023
cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]
Foire de Paris
Thursday April 27, 2023
Tradeshows : Last 2 weeks - on the Porte de Versailles fair grounds - www.foiredeparis.fr 2023 edition confirmed
Sunday April 30, 2023
cards/flowers : In the early 1950s, former deportees or their families wanted a national celebration for preserving the memory of the deportation.
The law of 14 April 1954, unanimously passed by the French Parliament has responded to the need to preserve the memory of the deportation by creating the National Day of Remembrance of the victims and heroes of the deportation . Not a public holiday
Labor Day/May Day
Monday May 1, 2023
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .
Victory Day 1945
Monday May 8, 2023
Secular holiday : On the 7th of May 1945, at 2:41, a first act of German surrender was signed in Reims. The fighting stopped at 23:01, on the 8th of May, French time. The news was only officially broadcast in France the next day.
Therefore, on the 8th of May, at 15:00, the bells of all of the churches in France officially rang out the end of the war, whilst General de Gaulle announced it on the radio. We have won the war. Victory is ours.
Abolition of Slavery
Wednesday May 10, 2023
Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix
Sunday May 14, 2023
Sports events : Www.gpfrancemoto.com/ in Le Mans (Western France) 2023 edition confirmed
Festival de Cannes
Tuesday May 16, 2023
Culture : Www.festival-cannes.fr lasts 12 days - in southern France 2023 edition CONFIRMED
Thursday May 18, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.
Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup
Saturday May 20, 2023
Sports events : Lasts 1 week
www.internationaux-strasbourg.fr in Strasbourg 2023 edition confirmed
ATP Lyon Tennis Open
Sunday May 21, 2023
Sports events : lasts 5 days -- in Lyons 2023 edition confirmed
French Tennis Open - Roland Garros (Paris)
Monday May 22, 2023
Sports events : Lasts 2 weeks - www.rolandgarros.com 2023 edition confirmed
Abolition of Slavery
Tuesday May 23, 2023
Culture : Abolition of Slavery Day in French Overseas Territories: May 27 in Guadeloupe, May 22 in Martinique, June 10 in Guiana, Dec. 20 in Réunion Island, April 27 in Mayotte, May 23 in Metropolitan France (where it is not a public holiday)
In fact, the second abolition decree was signed in Paris by Victor Schoelcher on April 27, 1848.
The first decree had been signed in Paris by the French Revolution on Feb. 4, 1794, but had been cancelled by Napoleon on May 20, 1802.
Monday May 29, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry. Not a paid holiday.
Due to a succession of gazetted decrees, this day MAY STILL BE A WORKING DAY in some institutions or businesses. Please double check.
Sunday June 4, 2023
cards/flowers : Mothers day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mothers day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year.
One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world.
Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day.
In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howes Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and womens suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mothers Day, with her Mothers Day Proclamation.
24 HEURES DU MANS
Saturday June 10, 2023
Sports events : Www.24h-lemans.com/ automobile race - 2023 edition confirmed
Cannes Lions Advertising Festival
Friday June 16, 2023
Culture : Lasts 1 week -
www.canneslions.com in Cannes 2023 edition confirmed
Sunday June 18, 2023
Paris Air Show/Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace
Monday June 19, 2023
Tradeshows : Lasts one week,
http://www.paris-air-show.com/en/ in Paris Le Bourget 2023 edition confirmed
Fête de la Musique
Wednesday June 21, 2023
Culture : The whole night is dedicated to amateur and professional musicians who are welcome to play anywhere in the country. Since 1981.
More than 700 cities across 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan celebrate World Music Day today.