It is always a good idea to look up the country’s public holidays before traveling. This way you’ll know in advance when the museums and other attractions close, or if you’ll be present to witness any special celebration.
New Year: 1 January
Easter Monday: first Monday after Easter
International Workers’ Day: 1 May
Victory in Europe Day: 8 May
Ascension Thursday: Date varies
Pentecost Monday: Date varies
Bastille Day: 14 July. Commemorates when the French population, tired of the monarchy’s abuse and power, stormed the Bastille. It marks the beginning of the French Revolution.
Assumption: 15 August
All Saint’s Day: 1 November
Armistice Day 1918: 11 November. Commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany, putting an end to World War I.