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France Festivals

France celebrates a multitude of occasions throughout the year including Saints’ birthdays, gastronomic, traditional and cultural events. Anyone who has visited France and happened upon a local village fête (festival) will not forget the colourful bunting, the band playing in the square and the fireworks that end the day not to mention the flowing wine, delicious food and camaraderie. Holidayloop.co.uk offers France holiday rental and Gite rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Paris directly from your local home owner.
 
Religious festivals are taken seriously but usually after Mass is said there is a chance for some fun. Carneval or Mardi Gras in February takes place before Lent and is mainly celebrated in Southern France. Nice has 2 weeks of colourful parades and music events culminating in the papier-mâché floats being set alight at sea. This is followed two weeks later by the Fête du Citron in Menton withmoonlight parades offloats made from citrus fruits. The Fête de St–Jean on 24th June and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on August 15th are widely celebrated throughout France and both end with spectacular firework displays. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of France holiday accommodation, France holiday apartments, France holiday villas and Gites. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing France holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their France home.
 
Food and wine are very important in France and there are many regional celebrations especially in the harvest month of October for foods such as chestnuts and truffles. However, Fête le Vin takes place in Bordeaux in late June (even years only) followed by the White Wine and Oyster Festival on the 15th August in Eymet in the Dordogne. Dijonputs onacombined Folk and Wine Festival in August while St-Émilion hosts the Fetes de Vendages the 3rd Sunday in September. Late November sees the launch of the Beaujolais wines in Burgundy with over 120 to choose from meanwhile Languedoc launch their Premeur wines along with the opportunity to sample local produce such as figs, goat’s cheese and olives.
 
The Fête de la Musique on June21st is a nationwide celebration with free concerts in many towns but especially Paris. Bastille Day on July 14thcommemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and is celebrated across France with bonfires and fireworks and in Paristhere is an impressive military parade down the Champs Élysées.
 
Cultural festivals include Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue during May, a great gypsy gathering. Cannes holds their famous international Film Festival in May. Sardinia has a Jazz Festival in Calvi in June followed by Jazz à Juan (Juan- Les-Pins) in mid July. Meanwhile Les Suds à Arles also in mid July celebrates world music. Avignon also has its own festival in Julywith free street entertainment, theatre, dance and music. Aix-en-Provence has the Festival International d’Art Lyrique (Classical music) in July followed by Danse à Aix later in the month. Lorient in Brittany has a well attended Celtic folk event known as the Festival Interceltique in early August. St Malo hosts La Route de Rock in mid August while Quimperhosts Semaines Musicales with classical, jazz and folk music in August. Amiens has a Festival des Cathédrales de Picardie with baroque and Renaissance music concerts held between September and October. So as you can see plenty of fêtes to choose from! Don't forget, a holiday in Carmargue or Aix-en-Provence, France, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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