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Bastille Day! July 14
July 3, 2012

Bastille Day at Casel Marché: French food, French wine, French music and French flare!

Join us in celebrating France's biggest party of the year, right here in Calgary.

 

History of Bastille Day

July 14 marks Bastille Day in France, the national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789 at the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, whose walls and imprisoned people represented the tyranny of the French monarchy and the arbitrary and absolute rule of King Louis XVI and the ancient regime. When hoards of French citizens stormed the prison and tore it down quite literally brick by brick, they captured a major symbol of the monarchy and proved that the King’s more was no longer absolute and that the French people had declared a revolution in favor of a government limited by the separation of powers. It was also from this movement that the tri-coloured French flag, which represents the Republic’s three ideals — liberty, quality and fraternity — first appeared.

Although there were only seven prisoners housed in the Bastille when French mobs tore it down, the storming of the prison became an immensely important symbolic event in the French Revolution as citizens fought to end the long rule of the French absolute monarchy in favor of a government and came to represent the end of the Ancient regime and the creation of a new sovereign nation (although Bastille Day was not declared a national holiday until almost 100 years later in 1880). Much like Independence Day in the United States is celebrated on July 4, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Bastille day also marks the symbolic end of the monarchy and the creation of a new form of government.

Via France Travel Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

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