Bastille Day

On July 14, 1789, the French people stormed the Bastille prison, a symbol of absolute power of the regime of Louis the 16th. Capturing Bastille marked the end of absolute monarchy and the birth of France as a sovereign nation. Bastille Day celebrates that birth.

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What's the "Bastille" in Bastille Day?

The Bastille was a prison and fortress built in the 14th century to protect Paris's eastern entrance. At the height of its use, it held political prisoners, but by 1789, it was mostly vacant except for supplies like gunpowder. In fact, the Bastille was supposed to be demolished and replaced with a town square. Revolutionaries had other ideas, though—they wanted to get at that gunpowder, so they stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, losing about 100 people in the process. However, they ended up winning the day and proceeded to execute the Bastille's governor and dismantle the building entirely.

Interestingly enough, they don't even call it Bastille Day in France—they use la Fête nationale or le 14 juillet.

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When is France's Independence Day?

Bastille Day is the Independence Day of France because that is when the peasants revolted against the king, this the peasants became free. The Bastille was the prison where those that opposed the king were held.

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Why is the fall of the Bastille considered as independence day of France?

France never was a colony of another country and thus has no independence day. The national day is held on the 14th of July, to commemorate the storming of the Bastille. That event marks the 'official' beginning of the French revolution which led to the abolition of monarchy and the Republic being established.

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How do you say may your days be merry in French?

que vos jours soient joyeux

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Bastille day season?

Bastille Day is on the 14th of July, in Summer.

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What happens on Bastille Day?

Mounted Republican Guards escort the command vehicle of the President.

The Bastille Day Military Parade (or 14 July Military Parade, translation of the French name Défilé militaire du 14 juillet) is a French military parade held each year in Paris, in the morning of the 14th of July.

The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde where the Président de la République, his government and foreign ambassadors in France stand. This is a popular event in France, broadcasted on French TV, and is the largest military parade in Europe to take place regularly. Some years, guest foreign troops take part in the parade, or foreign statesmen attend it.

Smaller military parades are held in other large French cities with local troops

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AnswerI believe the people of France have a parade; hang flags out and celebrate by eating and drinking. AnswerMost cities and villages organize some kind of ball, traditionally called "le bal des pompiers" (the firemen's ball). There is also frequently a communal meal, and the night ends with the most important display of fireworks of the year, together with New Year's Eve's fireworks.
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Why is Bastille Day so significant that it became a French National Holiday?

The Bastille was a prison over 400 year old in Paris that housed general prisoners, political dissenters and also victims of the King's penal lettres du cachet (arrest and imprisonment without any benefit of trial or appeal). It had a notorious reputation for holding the latter two categories of prisoners and was seen as representing the oppression and abuse of privilege by the King and the nobility of France.

Its storming by Parisian demonstrators on July 14, 1789 is considered one of the actions that initiated and influenced the actions that occurred during the French Revolution.

It eventually led to the abolition of monarchy and the founding of the French Republic, which is why the French Republic celebrates its anniversary as a national holiday every year on July 14, regardless of the day of the week.

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When is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day is observed on July 14 every year since 1790, regardless of the day of the week.

Bastille Day is the French national holiday.

On July 14, 1789, the Bastille prison was stormed by a mob in Paris, defying the authority of the French King Louis XVI and marking the start of the French Revolution.

On its first anniversary, on July 14, 1790, the Fête de la Fédération celebrated the union of the French people against monarchy and ultimately toward the foundation of the French Republic. It gathered hundred of thousand of people and all the deputies of the then 85 departments, and is as such more important to the French Republic than the storming of the Bastille. This is the reason why the French national day does not include "Bastille" in its name, but is called the Fête Nationale, or more simply, le quatorze juillet.

Basically, the first date is seen as a rather destructive, but necessary process, while the second date marks the start of a more constructive rebuilding of France.

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How do the French celebrate Bastille Day?

French people have the day off on the 14th of July. On the 13th there are usually public balls in towns often at the fire brigade barracks, and fireworks in scenic places.

On the 14th in Paris there is a big military parade and the crowds gather to see their servicemen descending the Champs-Elysées. It is very common for people living farther away to watch the parade live on TV on the morning, then the tour de France stage in the afternoon.

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What is Bastille day and when is it celebrated?

Bastille Day is France's national day. It is celebrated on July 14 every year.

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What does Bastille Day celebrate?

Bastille Day is the English name for the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year.

In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (or more commonly le quatorze juillet).

It commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which marked the start of the French Revolution and eventually led to the abolition of monarchy and the founding of the French Republic.
In France, the 14 of July is known simply as "le quatorze juillet" or more officially as "la fête nationale". Only English-speakers call it "Bastille Day".

The Bastille was a prison and royal fortress in Paris. A mob stormed the Bastille and freed the 7 prisoners inside on 14 July 1789. This is usually seen as the formal beginning of the French Revolution, which eventually led to the abolition of monarchy and the founding of the French Republic.
the storming of an old jail in Paris. - Apex

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How is the French Bastille Day and the Fourth of July alike?

Symbolically they are not very similar.

The storming of the Bastille and the consequent treatment of political prisoners held within (some were released, others were executed) marked a new phase in the French revolution. The American fourth of July similarly marks a new phase in the the American revolution, but for very different reasons, as being the date entered on a decleration of independence by 13 of Britain's colonies in North America.

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Why do the French celebrate Bastille day?

The French celebrate Bastille Day because it marks the day when the French revolution started and also the process of their nation getting rid of the monarchy, to become a republic.

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How do you say days in French?

un jour ou une journée you use un jour when you're just talking about some time during the day (ie: la soupe du jour) but you use journée when you mean a legitment 24-hour period (ie: c'est une belle journée) ---- so days would be either les jours (m) ou les journeés (f)

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What was the significance of the Storming of the Bastille?

The Storming of the Bastille was the incident that marked the start of the French Revolution when Parisian peasants, after years of abuse by the monarchy, overwhelmed soldiers guarding the arsenal on July 14, 1789.

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When is French Bastille day?

On 14 July 1789.

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How did the French celebrate Bastille day?

they throw fire works and lights

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What date is the French national day?

French National Day is 14th July.

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When is Bastille Day and why is it so significant?

Bastile day is on July 14, Or Quatorze Julliet as it is known in french. On july 14, 1789. French citizens began their revolution for liberté,egalité,fraternité. By storming to the bastille prison where the mob freed the prisoners which mostly were political enemies of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Then they declared the right of man and citizen. For example: right to express your own opinion without persecution.

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Why is the main reason France had Bastille day?

They were celebrating the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of their new republic.

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What important law cause into effect soon after the storming of Bastille in france?

After storming the bastille .................there were two laws which came into force ..........

1.abolition of slavery in 1789 summer

2.abolition of fuedal system on 4th august 1789 .....

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Which famous building was constructed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bastille day?

The Eiffel Tower.

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What country in Southern Europe has Bastille Day?

France

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When is nephew's day?

14th july

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Is Bastille Day a religious day?

No, it has nothing to do with religion. On that day, July 14th 1789, the French revolution began with the storming of a prison called La Bastille, in Paris.

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