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Easter Monday in France

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday.

Local names

NameLanguage
Le lundi de PâquesFrench
Easter MondayEnglish
OstermontagGerman

Easter Monday 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015
List of dates for other years

Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques), which is the day after Easter Sunday, is a public holiday in France. There are a range of local customs and events. However, many people spend the day quietly.

Some families organize Easter egg hunts on Easter Monday.

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What do people do?

Many people spend Easter Monday quietly with family and close friends. They may spend time outdoors to enjoy the spring weather. If children are present, they are often allowed to participate in decisions for family activities and meals. Some families have a tradition of holding an Easter egg hunt in a garden or park on Easter Monday.

Bessières is a village in the Pyrenees mountains close to the Spanish border. On Easter Monday, the inhabitants make a huge omelet with 15,000 eggs in a pan four meters (about 13 feet) wide in diameter. They then hold a communal meal to eat it.

There is a colorful parade on Easter Monday in the village of Cargèse on the island of Corsica. Local guilds and the Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches take part. After the parade, the fields are blessed for the coming year. 

Public life

Public life in France is quiet on Easter Monday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may also be closed. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.

Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Some villages and small towns hold parades or other events that may cause some local disruption to traffic.

Background

In the past, the Easter celebrations in some churches lasted for a whole week. Now, Easter Monday does not now have any special religious significance and it is largely a secular holiday.

About Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Easter Monday.

Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonApr 161990Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 11991Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 201992Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 121993Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 41994Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 171995Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 81996Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 311997Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 131998Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 51999Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 242000Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 162001Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 12002Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 212003Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 122004Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 282005Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 172006Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 92007Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 242008Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 132009Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 52010Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 252011Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 92012Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 12013Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 212014Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 62015Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 282016Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 172017Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 22018Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 222019Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 132020Easter MondayNational holiday

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