Bastille day is the biggest French holiday.
It is celebrated on the 14thof July and in France is known as Le quatorze juillet or La Fête Nationale (the national holiday).
On July 14, 1789 the revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, the prison known for incarcerating political prisoners.
Although there were only seven prisoners there at the time, the altercation represented the lack of control of the monarchy, under King Louis XVI and the beginning of the French revolution, leading to formation of the first French republic in 1792.
The French republic’s three ideals are Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for all.
The French monarchy had ruled for centuries. The current King was
Louis XVI and his wife was Marie-Antoinette.
The traditional celebratory colors are those of the French flag (tricolor), red (rouge), white (blanc) and blue(bleu)
Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes !
Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons !
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !
Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny
Raises its bloody banner (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons and women!
To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's march, let's march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!