St Stephen's Day in France
Many Christians in France honor the life of St Stephen on St Stephen's Day by attending special church services. Many people have a day off work in France's Alsace-Moselle region. They often spend the day with family members and close friends. It falls on December 26 each year.
What Do People Do?
Some Christians attend special church services to honor St Stephen's life. Many people have a day off work in the Alsace-Moselle region of France. They may spend the day with family members and close friends or take trips to areas of France. December 26 is a normal working day in other parts of France.
St Stephen's Day is a public holiday in the départements of Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin and Moselle. These areas are on the German border and are known as the Alsace-Moselle region. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses in these areas are closed. Restaurants and cafes may also be closed.
However, some stores at railway stations and along major highways are open. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. St Stephen's Day is not a public holiday in other parts of France.
Stephen was an early convert to Christianity. Jewish judges tried him for blasphemy against Moses and God and speaking against the Jewish Temple and Law. He was stoned to death by a mob lead by the future Saint Paul around 34CE. St Stephen is seen as the first Christian martyr.
The name "Stephen" is derived from a Greek word meaning crown. He is often depicted with a crown of martyrdom, three stones and the martyrs' palm.
St Stephen's Day Observances
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|Wed||Dec 26||2012||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
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|Fri||Dec 26||2014||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Sat||Dec 26||2015||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Mon||Dec 26||2016||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Tue||Dec 26||2017||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Wed||Dec 26||2018||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Thu||Dec 26||2019||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
|Sat||Dec 26||2020||St Stephen's Day||Local holiday|
Quick FactsSt Stephen's Day is an occasion for Christians to honor St Stephen's life and is a public holiday in France's Alsace-Moselle region.
St Stephen's Day 2016Monday, December 26, 2016
St Stephen's Day 2017Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Name in other languages
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Alternative name2nd day of Christmas
Other holidays in December 2016 in France
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016