July 14 marks Bastille Day in France, a national holiday that sees French people gather to celebrate their country.
In France, it is known as the Fête nationale, which literally translates national holidays or festivals, or July 14 (July 14), as well as Bastille Day, a name written by English-speaking countries.
In fact, July 14 marks the Bastille invasion of 1789, a milestone in the history of the French Revolution.
But why is this date so important in France and how is it celebrated?
Here are all you need to know …
What is Bastille Day?
National Day is basically a French day, celebrating the country, its culture and its people.
Not only did July 14 see the Bastille invasion in 1789, it also marked the Fête de la Fédération a year later, which celebrated the unity of the French people.
On July 14, 1790, representatives from all over France descended on Paris and marched from Bastille to Champ-de-Mars.
Crowds of people from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the new constitution that was signed, in part, following last year’s events, as well as the Bastille invasion.
The Bastille attack was carried out in response to dissatisfaction with the dictatorial regime in France.
The Bastille was a prison that held inmates without giving reasons for imprisonment; it was therefore regarded as a symbol of imperialist dictatorship.
Dissatisfied with the widespread spread of France, sects invaded the Bastille on July 14, 1979, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which eventually led to the overthrow of the monarchy.
How long has July 14 been celebrated?
July 14 has been recognized as a national holiday in France since 1880.
How is it celebrated today?
A military parade, such as the Fête de la Fédération in 1790, is still held today in Paris on July 14 each year, but is now held in the Champs-Élysées.
A large fireworks display is scheduled for the evening, and viewers are again required to wear face masks.
At the same time, it is a national holiday throughout the country that people can spend with family and friends.