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.