Bastille Day Celebration

La Fete Nationale, also known as Bastille Day is the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille in Paris on 14 July 1789 and Fete de la Federation on 14 July 1790.  Festivities typically open with a military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on in the morning and it is becoming tradition to invite units from France’s allies to participate in the parade.  In years past the president would give an interview and discuss the situation of the country, recent events and future projects with members of the press, however Nicolas Sarkozy has chosen to dismiss this tradition since his election in 2007.  The President has also decided to discontinue the practice of pardoning criminals since his election.  Previous Presidents would use Article 17 of the French constitution to pardon petty criminals on Bastille Day.

Bastille Day is now celebrated around the world on nearly every continent.  Belgium has been celebrating since the end of WWI, and in Budapest, Hungary there is a two day celebration sponsored by the Institut de France.  The French Corner in the Western Cape has been celebrating a week-end festival for more than 15 years now and the holiday is even celebrated in the United States in cities across the country.

Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of 30 June 1878 By Claude Monet

The Fete de la Federation

The Fete de la Federation was a feast held to celebrate the uprising of the constitutional monarchy in France on 14 July 1790.  One year after the storming of the Bastille, it was what people of the time considered a happy conclusion to the French Revolution.  The original celebration was held on the Champ de Mars and a mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Autun.  The Captain of the National Guard of Paris took his oath to the constitution followed by King Louis XVI.  After the official celebration was over, the people continued celebrating with a four day feast, fireworks and running naked through the streets to display their freedom.     

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andy holly 6 years ago

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