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St Stephen's Day in France

Quick Facts

St 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.

Local names

NameLanguage
Saint ÉtienneFrench
St Stephen's DayEnglish
St. ÉtienneGerman

St Stephen's Day 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

St Stephen's Day 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

St Stephen was a Christian martyr who was stoned to death.

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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.

Public life

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.

Background

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. 

Symbols

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedDec 261990St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
ThuDec 261991St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SatDec 261992St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SunDec 261993St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
MonDec 261994St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
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ThuDec 261996St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
FriDec 261997St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SatDec 261998St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SunDec 261999St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
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FriDec 262003St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
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SatDec 262009St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
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ThuDec 262013St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
FriDec 262014St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SatDec 262015St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
MonDec 262016St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
TueDec 262017St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
WedDec 262018St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
ThuDec 262019St Stephen's DayLocal holiday
SatDec 262020St Stephen's DayLocal holiday

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