Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bon 14 Juillet!

Bastille Day is the French equivalent of Independence Day. It is traditionally celebrated with a large military parade down the Champs Elysees; evening streets dancing often organized by the firehouses in towns and villages all around France and splashy fireworks. There is no special food traditions on this special day unlike America where hot dogs, corn on the cobb and apple pie figure in many Independence Day celebrations. Here is a list of essential French words to help you in the celebration:

  • 14 Juillet ( Bastille Day)

  • Fete Nationale (National Holiday)

  • Feux D'artifice (Fireworks)

  • Firemen ball (Bal des Pompiers)

  • Hymne National (National Anthem)

  • Bleu, blanc, rouge (blue, white, red)

  • Defile (parade)

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