If you’re planning a holiday in the Pyrénées-Orientales in 2021, (or long term planning for the future), do bear in mind the dates of the numerous ‘jours fériés’ (bank holidays) during which some or all  shops and businesses may be closed. – and remember that Covid19 will still be playing havoc with events.

Bank Holidays in France 2021New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)
1st January

Good Friday (Vendredi  Saint)
2nd April

Easter Sunday (Dimanche de Pâques)
4th April

Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
5th April

May Day (La Fête du Travail)
1st May

VE Day – WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire)
8th May

Ascension Day (Le Jour de l’Ascension – 40 days after Easter Sunday)
13th May

Whit Sunday (Pentecôte)
24th May

Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
25th May

Bastille Day (La Fête nationale de la Bastille)
14th July

Assumption (l’Assomption)
15th August

La Toussaint (All Saint’s Day)
1st November

Anniversary of the 1918 armistice  which signalled the end of the First World War (Anniversaire de l’armistice de 1918)
11th November  

“Faire le pont”

Where a Bank holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, many small businesses will ‘faire le pont’ (make a bridge) and take  Friday or Monday off too to ;make a long weekend. This rarely applies to large shops, supermarkets etc, many of whom no longer close for most of the public holidays.


Other useful dates 2021

Big Ben Clock

Clocks go forward by one hour – Sunday March 28th and backwards   on Sunday October 31st.

Mother’s Day30th May
Father’s Day 20th  June


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