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June

Merises - Photo : G. Brame


Whit Monday

The eighth Monday after Easter is a bank holiday which since 2005 has been a solidarity day, which means French people now have to work for an extra day each year. Part of the money they earn helps to fund retirement homes or special care for the old and disabled.

Fathers’ Day

Myosotis - Photo : G. Brame

This always comes a few weeks after Mothers’ Day.

June 21st: Festival of Music

Fête de la musique - Photo : F. de la Mure, MAEESince 1982, the first day of summer has also been the Fête de la Musique. When you say this name in French it has a double meaning: either “Music Festival” or (if spelt “Faites de la musique”) “Make music”. So amateur and professional musicians get out their instruments and give all kinds of performances in the street.

The “Fête de la Musique” idea has caught on and spread to many other countries in Europe.

June 24th : Feast of Saint John

This traditional festival celebrates the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, with big firework displays to welcome in the new season of summer.

It’s the end of the school year. Have a good summer holiday!

Juin froid et pluvieux, tout l’an sera grincheux.
If June is cold and wet, the whole year will be miserable.

 

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