- By John
- On Nov 8, 2018
- Travel Tips
Pour yourself a glass of French wine, and start planning your trip today with our France trip planner. To learn the holidays & festivals in France and arrange your trip there.
Customs of France
The French greet one another by kissing both cheeks, whether close friends or just meeting for the first time. On your holiday to France, it is polite to do the same. Often men who don’t know each other well will shake hands instead. If you don’t know what’s appropriate, let the person you’re greeting take the lead.
It is customary to greet salespeople in a shop when you enter with a simple “bonjour” or a nod. Not doing so can be considered quite rude.
Try to make an effort to speak French, even if you only know the basics. Your attempts will be appreciated. Learn the essentials like “bonjour,” “s’il vous plait,” and “merci.” When addressing someone formally, for example someone older than you, use the polite “vous” instead of the informal “tu.”
Holidays & Festivals in France
The French observe the main Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, as well as several holidays unique to the country. To mark significant days related to the world wars, the country celebrates Victory Day on May 8 to mark the official end to World War II and Armistice Day on Nov. 11 to mark Germany’s surrender and the end of World War I.
Bastille day on July 14th commemorates the start of the French Revolution, with a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille fortress. The country also celebrates with parades, fireworks, and all-day parties.