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Spring holidays in France

Spring holidays in France
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The Côte d’Azur is beautiful and interesting in all seasons. Moreover, spring brings here wonderful holidays and important events not to be missed!

Arriving in France in the spring, you'll see how they celebrate Easter here; at this time the famous film festival (Cannes Film Festival) takes place in Cannes (which the tourists from around the world dream of visiting). In addition, the fans of motorsport have the opportunity to see race «Formula 1» «live».

March

If you arrive in this country in March, you will notice that the March 8 (Women's Day) is not in «high esteem» in France.

However, on the first Sunday of March, the Grandmothers’ Day is actively celebrated!

All women, having grandchildren, receive congratulations.

On this day, the French grandmothers receive discounts at stores, they are presented with free access to many institutions, and children and grandchildren get presents!

The Francophonie Day is celebrated on March 20, which is the day of French-speaking residents of France and other countries, as well as of the fans of the French language. (This holiday has regularly been celebrated since 1998, when the intergovernmental organization for the French language was created.)

On this day, they hold various seminars, presentations, organize film screenings and concerts with a repertoire of works in French.
 
April
 
As in many countries, on April 1, the April Fool's Day (le Jour du poisson d’avril) is celebrated in France. (The «roots» of the fun traditions are found still in the Middle Ages, when the Spring Fair clowns and skomorokhs entertained people. Often they chose any citizen that they displeased for something, and began to «scoff» at the poor man).

It is interesting that in France there is a saying, similar phrase, «make a fool of oneself». As for the French, in this case they say, «not to stay in the fish». Why and what's the fish got to do with it? It turns out that in the XVIthcentury, the Pope commanded to move the New Year’s celebration on April 1, and the sun at this time stayed in the constellation of Pisces.

As it is known, Easter Holiday falls on different dates each year (and, consequently, it is not always celebrated in April).

In France, this holiday is loved and expected, they prepare gifts - chocolate figures of the Easter bunnies - for the relatives and friends in advance. The tradition to paint eggs is also common here.
 
May
 
On May 1, the French celebrate the Labor Day and the Day of Lily of the valley. The interesting traditions are associated with this day: lilies of the valley, considered to be the symbol of happiness, are usually presented as a gift. (Previously, various rituals using plants have been carried out at this time, trying to heal with morning dew, and different people have been presented with plants, «alluding to» the character and their attitude towards this person. For example, a friend was given a hawthorn, lazybones – an elderberry, harmful and unyielding disputants – a holly, etc.)
 
On May 8, there is an official holiday in honor of the Victory Day, the holiday of victory over fascism, in France. In memory of those killed during the Second World War, here, too, people come to the monuments and the mass graves, laying wreaths and flowers.
 
In the 2nd decade of May, the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is held. (For the first time, the Festival was held in Cannes in 1946).

Venue, as it is known, is the Palais des festivals et des congrès de Cannes, also called the palais Croisette, where, on the red carpet, you can see the famous actors and directors from around the world. The best film is awarded the reward «Palme d'Or».
 
On May 14, there is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the Divine Worship and the procession in honor of the Jesus Christ resurrected are held in churches.
 
Races «Formula 1» start in the third decade of May in Monaco. The stage races on the track, passing through the principality, lasts four days. The route allows gambling viewers to watch what is happening at the maximum possible close distance. (The first competitions were held in 1911, the first «Grand Prix» was awarded in 1950).


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