There are 11 public holidays in France in 2023, three of which fall on weekends.
New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2023, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, April 7, 2023.
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and it is the Monday after Easter Sunday. It is observed on April 10, 2023.
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Victory Day, observed on May 8, 2023, celebrates the formal acceptance of Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces by the Allies of World War II on May 8, 1945, which marks the end of World War II in Europe.
Also known as the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief in the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It falls on May 18, 2023.
Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday, is a religious festival Christians celebrate. It falls on the day after Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter Sunday. In 2023, the holiday falls on May 29.
Bastille Day, observed on July 14, 2023, celebrates the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille. The Bastille was a fortress and prison in Paris representing the royal authority. It was first built in the 14th century and used as a state prison by the King of France. Many political prisoners were held there. The revolutionaries considered the Bastille a symbol of the monarchy's abuse of power.
Assumption of Mary
Assumption Day commemorates the day that the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven. The holiday is observed on August 15, 2023.
All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day is observed on November 1, 2023, and commemorates all the saints from Christian history, including those known and unknown.
Armistice Day commemorates the armistice agreement signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, which took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. It falls on November 11, 2023. The holiday is celebrated with different names in other countries, such as Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States.
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.
Saint Stephen's Day
Saint Stephen's Day is observed on December 26, 2023, a holiday commemorating the life of St. Stephen, a Christian deacon and the first Christian martyr.
The following is the list of public holidays in France 2023.
|New Year's Day
|Jan 01, 2023
|Apr 07, 2023
|Apr 10, 2023
|May 01, 2023
|Victory in Europe Day
|May 08, 2023
|May 18, 2023
|May 29, 2023
|Jul 14, 2023
|Assumption of Mary
|Aug 15, 2023
|All Saints' Day
|Nov 01, 2023
|Nov 11, 2023
|Dec 25, 2023
|Saint Stephen's Day
|Dec 26, 2023
Good Friday and Saint Stephen's Day are regional public holidays in Alsace and Moselle.
Please also check the working days in France in 2023.