The French National Day, or Bastille Day, is celebrated on July 14. In honour of the fall of the Bastille, this day is observed. Originally built as a mediaeval fortification, the Bastille was eventually converted into a state prison. There were usually political detainees kept there after being detained by the police for a trial. On the king’s unreviewable direct command, some prisoners were retained.
A mob attacked the fortress on July 14, 1789, freeing seven prisoners in the process. Thus, this deed signaled the start of the French Revolution. France underwent a profound political and social transformation between 1789 and 1799. After the French Revolution, the French Consulate was created.
In 1880, France declared July 14th a national holiday. Fête Nationale is the holiday’s official name in France, and it also serves as a symbol of inter-national harmony. In English-speaking countries, the French people’s national holiday is known as Bastille Day. Speeches, military parades, pyrotechnics, and general celebration are all part of the event.
As fireworks can be seen over the Eiffel Tower, people celebrate the day with grandeur and delight. Francophiles celebrate Bastille Day all throughout the world by hosting French-themed dinners or going to concerts with French music.
The festivities in 2020 were mostly modest due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The number of attendees and participants in the festivities was just half as large as normal. Aside from that, nobody watched the fireworks show.
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