July 14, 2010

Bonne Fête de 14 juillet tout le monde

Happy 14 Juillet!

So, today is the 14th of July here in France. It's a national holiday here-- much like the 4th of July in the U.S. except for that this day in France is NOT "Independence Day" as in America of the 4th.

In English, we refer to this date as "Bastille Day," the famous storming of the Bastille (fortress prison) on July 14, 1789. In France, they refer to this holiday as le 14 juillet (quatorze)- commemorating the 1790 Fete de la Federation, which was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

More info from Wikipedia:

Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

The parade opens with cadets from the École Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, École Navale, and so forth, then otherinfantry troops, then motorized troops; aviation of the Patrouille de France flies above. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France's allies to the parade; in 2004 during the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, British troops (the band of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Grenadier Guards and King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery) led the Bastille Day parade in Paris for the first time, with the Red Arrows flying overhead.[1] In 2007 the German 26th Airborne Brigade led the march followed by British Royal Marines.

The president used to give an interview to members of the press, discussing the situation of the country, recent events and projects for the future. Nicolas Sarkozy, elected president in 2007, has chosen not to give it. The President also holds a garden party at the Palais de l'Elysée.

Article 17 of the Constitution of France gives the President the authority to pardon criminals, and since 1991 the President has pardoned many petty offenders (mainly traffic offences) on 14 July. In 2007, President Sarkozy declined to continue the practice.

**All pictures were taken off the internet.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Pity it is raining for the celebrations in Paris but watching on TV we are keeping dry!! Diane

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Oh I wish I had seen it in 2004 with the British Forces and the Red Arrows.. how wonderful ..!! :-)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Stunning pictures. Vive la France!

Nadege said...

Happy Bastille day to you too Leesa! The photos of the fireworks and the Eiffel tower are beautiful.

LindyLouMac said...

Sorry to hear you had such grotty weather in Paris today Leesa, but hope you had a great Bastille Day despite the weather.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Tres bien, Well the photographs are fantastic. You may view some of my France photographs at http://photographsupanddownthelane.blogspot.com

Busy Bee Suz said...

I hope you are celebrating....lovely photos...I love a good festivity!!!

Leesa said...

Whooo hooo !!!

Hey EVERYONE!!! Thanks so much for the comments and good wishes! It was a great one!!!