There is a rather different approach to national holidays here in France. They focus heavily on the date of the event, and don't bother which day of the week it falls on, resulting in a rather higgledy-piggledy selection of days off throughout the year.
Sadly for those of us here in Dordogne, 2016 was a disappointing year, with at least three of the national holidays falling on a Sunday, including Christmas and New Year! So no additional days off for us...
However, 2017 is looking much better already and we can look forward to at least six long weekends where we can travel around France and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The French also enjoy taking a longer four-day weekend if the holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, taking the Monday or the Friday off in what they call 'faire le pont' - making the bridge.
Dordogne will have plenty to offer on these long weekends with events being hosted, restaurants and bars offering special seasonal menus and many hotels offering good deals for the long weekend breaks. The days to look out for in 2017 are as follows - Easter Monday: Monday 17th April , Labor Day: Monday1st May, Victory in Europe Day (end of WWII): Monday8th May, Ascension Day: Thursday 25th May, Pentecost: Monday 5th June, Bastille Day: Friday 14th July, Assumption Day: Tuesday 15th August, All Saints' Day: Wednesday 1st November and Remembrance Day: Saturday 11th November.
Travelling to the towns and villages of Dordogne and beyond on these dates will no doubt give you a glimpse into the very traditional side of French life. Flags and bunting in the town, mass in the local chapel or cathedral, community feasts and fairground rides, and how could we forget the gastronomic delights that each season brings.
If you are planning a short break or a longer holiday in Dordogne this year, then consider enjoying one of these festive occasions and have a look at our flight planner and accommodations options to book your trip.