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Easter Monday in France

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.

Is Easter Monday a Public Holiday?

Easter Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Some families organize Easter egg hunts on Easter Monday.
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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010MonApr 5Easter MondayNational holiday
2011MonApr 25Easter MondayNational holiday
2012MonApr 9Easter MondayNational holiday
2013MonApr 1Easter MondayNational holiday
2014MonApr 21Easter MondayNational holiday
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayNational holiday
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayNational holiday
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayNational holiday
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayNational holiday
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayNational holiday
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayNational holiday

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