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Bonne année ! France’s 2017 public holidays, time changes

Bonne année and Happy New Year! Best wishes to you all for 2017. I’ll be posting a lot more this year.

Expatica has a good page dedicated to France’s public holidays in 2017.

As you may know, the French tend to look forward to May every year, particularly if those holidays fall close to weekends so they can “faire le pont” (bridge the weekend); i.e., if the holiday is on a Thursday, take the Friday off and make it a 4-day weekend. It is indeed glorious.

You can see a brief review here below.

French national holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day (Jour de l’an)

April 14: Good Friday – applicable only to Alsace and Moselle/Lorraine.

April 17: Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)

May 1: Labour Day (Fête du premier mai)

May 8: WWII Victory Day (Fête du huitième mai or Jour de la Victoire 45)

May 25: Ascension Day (Jour de l’Ascension, 40 days after Easter)

June 5: Whit Monday – also known as Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte).

July 14: Bastille Day (Fête nationale)

August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)

November 1: All Saints Day (La Toussaint)

November 11: Armistice Day (Jour d’armistice)

December 25: Christmas Day (Noël)

December 26: Boxing Day/St Stephen’s Day (Deuxième jour de Noël): applicable only to Alsace and Moselle/Lorraine.


Important French holidays

March 26: Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time (DST) starts.

April 1: April Fool’s Day (Poisson d’Avril)

May 28: Mother’s day (last Sunday in May)

June 18: Father’s day (third Sunday in June)

October 29: Clocks go back one hour (DST ends).


French school holidays

School dates vary according to which ‘zone’ you’re in. The French Ministry of Education maintains a comprehensive list of school holidays in France.

Want to study in France? Event in Chicago May 16th

Campus France, the official service of the French Embassy that promotes studies in France, is having an informational event in Chicago on May 16th.

The details are below, please RSVP. I will be speaking at this event as well.

You can check out other links related to studying, teaching and interning in France on this page within my site

The invitation PDF can be downloaded here as well (same info):
05-16 Campus France Invitation

Have you studied in a French-speaking
country? Are you leaving soon?
Are you looking for a great exchange program that will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience?
Join us for a special event organized by Campus France USA in Chicago!

Representatives of other French-speaking countries will be joining Campus France for the 2nd edition of this event!

Come enjoy local food and drinks, listen to good music, chat with returning students and have answered all your questions.

Every participant will be able to enter a big game and win great prizes by finding the answers to questions related to the event!

Thursday May 16th 2013, 6-9pm
Alliance Française
810 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

6pm:Doors open, let’s begin!
7-8pm:Informative workshop and Q&A session in the auditorium with representatives and guest speakers

Please RSVP before Friday May 10th at: campusfrance@consulfrance-chicago.org

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