Today just happens to be an odd culmination of holidays. It’s Bastille Day, Pandemonium Day, and National Nude Day. Could we get a more odd mix of holidays? I suppose pandemonium and nudeness could coincide while celebrating the end of the French constitutional monarchy. And now that I’ve led your mind astray I should probably reel it back in.
It turns out that Bastille Day is a lot like our Fourth of July. They also have food, drinks, parades, and fireworks! How magical would it be to watch fireworks near the Eiffel tower? I personally think we should all embrace this day a little bit by eating some French pastries with a shot of espresso.
Here are a few things we should know about this day:
- Bastille is the name of a medieval prison where political prisoners were held for arbitrary reason. They had no chance of appeal from Louis XVI’s government.
- In turn, the prison became a symbol of the oppressive monarchy.
- The fortress was stormed by the people of Paris on July 14, 1789.
- There were only 7 prisoners in Bastille that day.
- The revolt was very symbolic to the liberation of the French public.
- The flag of France is also red, white, and blue. It stands for liberty, equality, and fraternity for all.
- In celebration, along with fireworks by the Eiffel tower, people may also attend a Fireman’s Ball. This is a series of parties hosted by France’s fire stations. They open their doors for the day, which creates a giant outdoor fair.
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Ashlee Suker, Designer