Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Le Quatorze Juillet.....

......or Bastille Day .........or Fete Nationale , no matter which name you use, today is a very special day in French history !

Every city, town & village will be holding their own celebrations throughout the day, from the official ceremonial parades in Paris to letting off a few fireworks in the smaller villages!

Our local celebrations consist of a parade through the town at midday, followed by friends & families gathering for a loonngg lunch, then a little siesta (!) before setting out to the village hall for the 'Bal Populaire' this evening !

After a couple of hours of energetic dancing, ranging from traditional folk dances to disco gyrations, enjoyed by everyone from 8 - 80, we'll all pour out onto the sports ground to watch the superb fireworks display put on by the local 'Pompiers' (Fire Brigade). Each year the display gets more ambitious and is thoroughly enjoyed & appreciated judging by all the 'Oooh's and Aaah's' that ripple through the audience ... and so ends a lovely day !



Kaye said...

Sounds like you have a great day in store for you. I am curious, are you French? I seem to remember from an earlier blog that you recently moved to France. Your knowlege of the history and the French words is good and I just wondered

Elizabethd said...

Sadly the fireworks over here are way a way and very late, so we dont bother now.