Forgot that August 15 Means Long Week End in France, Originally Marks Assumption of Mary

It took an e-mail this morning from someone in France informing me that they were off until next Monday to remind me that August 15 is a holiday in France.

August 15 originally marks the assumption of Mary. The August 15 week-end and week has turned into one of the busiest times for travel during the summer season.

Catholic processions take place as France.fr site notes:

"In Paris, on 14 August, Catholics organise a river procession on the Seine around the Islands of Saint-Louis and the Cité. The Festival in honour of Mary in Puy-en-Velay and the international procession in Notre-Dame du Puy are also famous."

Assumption

This holiday probably means that I will not hear from many people I plan to see or visit during my 2 weeks visit there until Monday.

It also shows that after 20 years in the U.S some holidays have fallen off my radar.

(* image of 'Assumption of Mary' procession from France.fr site)

Previous Post

Holiday Trip by Car, Find out How Much Fuel you Will Use thanks to fueleconomy.gov

Aug 14
While looking for tax rebates offered for purchases of hybrid, plug in-hybrid and other energy efficient vehicles, i discovered fueleconomy.gov from U.S department of Energy. Besides tax rebate issues, the site allows you prior to purchasing a vehicle to compare up to 3 different cars side by side on fuel efficiency. Going on a summer holiday trip, you can see your own vehicle fuel efficiency as well as how many gallons you will use and...
Next Post

6 Cents Jamaicas Oysters to Beekeper Andrew Cote, Eating and Drinking New York, Robin Shulman Interview

Aug 15
From micro breweries in Brooklyn to beekeepers (including on the roof of the Waldorf Astoria) and urban farmers in Harlem not to forget butchers and fishmongers, New York City is buzzing with food and drink producers. With Eat the City A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers and Brewers (Crown, July 10, 2012) Robin Shulman tells us parallel stories of today's players and New York's rich...

Comments