May Holidays in France

Monique Palomares of Mama Lisa’s World en français (our site devoted to children’s songs around the world with their French translations) sent me this short post about public holidays in France in May…

It’s too bad for French people this year! Usually, May 1st and Ascension Day are separate public holidays, but this year Ascension Day falls on May 1st. So French people only get the one holiday off.

Ascension Day is a Christian Holiday that celebrates when Jesus is believed to have ascended bodily into Heaven (40 days after his resurrection).

May 1st is Labor Day in France. We give our family, friends etc. a sprig of lily-of-the-valley as a good luck charm if we visit them.

Photo of a Sprig of Lily of the Valley

On May 8th, we celebrate the surrender of Nazi Germany – which was the end of WWII for us. The mayor of each town places flowers at the foot of the Monument to the Dead in each town. The president of the Republic places one on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier below the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in France

Photo of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Come read a previous post about Why May 1st is Labor Day Around the World (Its origin stems in US history).

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2 Responses to “May Holidays in France”

  1. Ronnie Larson Says:

    I am trying to find the rhyme my dad and uncle used to tell us when we were little.
    It went something like this, excuse some of the words.. I don’t know if they are English with an accent or Swedish

    A raven(fox) come a walkin, a bawkin, a talkin, a pittlee peekin

  2. Paul Westphal Says:

    Could you please tell me, if restaurants in paris are open om May 1st, Labor Day?

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