Get the party started!
France commemorates the start of the French Revolution with a national holiday on 14 July. Cue mass celebrations up and down the country!
France took its first steps towards democracy in 1789 when crowds of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille, a prison that symbolised Royal authority. Its fall was to cause that of the tyrannical monarchy and the creation of the modern French nation. Moves to write a constitution for the new republic led to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 26 August 1789, the precursor to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948.
Today Bastille Day is a wonderful mix of pomp, ceremony and uninhibited fun. Every single village, town and city in France has its communal meals, dances, parties and firework displays so nobody misses out. The festive atmosphere and merrymaking start early and go on until late into the night. Everyone should spend at least one Bastille Day in France.
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Saturday, July 14 2012