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 Fête 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 Fête du Citron February / March The Lemon Festival
Pâques March / April Easter
Journée Internationale de la Francophonie 20 March International Francophonie Day
Poisson d’avril 01 April April Fool’s Day
La Fête du Travail 01 May Labour Day
La Fête des Mères Last Sunday in May Mother’s Day
La Fête de la Musique 21 June Festival of Music
La Fête des Pères Third Sunday in June Father’s Day
La Tour de France July The Tour de France
La Fête Nationale 14 July Bastille Day
La Rentrée 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
Noël 25 December Christmas

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