Important events, special days and festivals are an integral part of the rich colour of the countries whose languages we teach.  They enable use to deliver some of our most exciting, vibrant and creative lessons, often the lessons that the children remember for many years to come.  They help us to put the language learning into context, and to make it relevant.

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La Fete des Rois 06 January Epiphany
La Chandeleur 02 February Candlemas
Carnaval February, leading up to Lent Carnival
Mardi Gras Tuesday in February Shrove Tuesday
La Fete du Citron February / March The Lemon Festival
Pacques March / April Easter
Journee Internationale de la Francophonie 20 March International Francophonie Day
Poisson d’avril 01 April April Fool’s Day
La Fete du Travail 01 May Labour Day
La Fete des Meres Last Sunday in May Mother’s Day
La Fete de la Musique 21 June Festival of Music
La Fete des Peres Third Sunday in June Father’s Day
La Tour de France July The Tour de France
La Fete Nationale 14 July Bastille Day
La Rentree Beginning of September The return to school
La Nuit Blanche First Saturday in October Cultural festival (White night)
Toussaint 01 November All Saints
L’Armistice 11 November The Armistice
Noel 25 December Christmas

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