French Holidays Vocabulary

In this lesson you will learn how to say the public holidays in French. In French a holiday is “une fête“. In France several of the holidays are Christian-based and coincide with holidays in many other countries such as Christmas (Noël) and New Years (Le Jour de l’An). However, there are several holidays which are unique to France including Victoire 1945 (celebrating the end of World War II) and La Fête Nationale (National Day). NOTE: This is a video lesson. Feel free to pause the video, listen, repeat and practice your pronunciation.

Vocabulary List

Le Jour de l’An
New Years DayVendredi Saint
Good Friday


La Fête du Travail
May Day

Victoire 1945
Victory Day in Europe (Commemorating the end of World War II)

Ascension Day

 La Pentecôte

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day/National Day

La Toussaint
All Saints’ Day

Armistice 1918
Veterans Day/Armistice Day/Remembrance Day (Commemorates the end of World War I)


Related Lessons: New Years Song | Christmas Song | Next Lesson: Christmas

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