Bastille Day 2018

What you need to know about the French holiday

On July 14, 1789, two weeks following the revolution started a mob broke into the Bastille Fortress at Paris, which held stockpiles of weapons in addition to political prisoners. After shooting gunpowder and arms, then the mob murdered the prison and famously held his head on a pole, as stated by the British Library.

The storming delivered a sign to the French monarchy the French people had been adopting the revolution motto, liberté, égalité, fraternité, or independence, equality, and brotherhood.

What’s Bastille Day celebrated?

Back in Paris, Bastille Day is celebrated by a military parade down the Champs-Élysées, among the city’s leading paths. The parade begins at the Arc de Triomphe and finishes in the Place de la Concorde.

Thousands cheer and dancing along with the parade and celebrations happening across the city.

This past Year, President Donald Trump combined French President Emmanuel Macron at Paris for its festivities. This past year, Macron encouraged the leaders of Japan and Singapore. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is linking Macron for its parade, but Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been represented by Foreign Minister Taro Kono so as to handle deadly flood in Japan, according to Reuters.

The parade lasts over two hours and includes over 4,200 soldiers, 220 vehicles, and 100 aircraft. Western and Aztec soldiers will also be getting involved in the parade to symbolize their individual relationships with France.

Bastille Day celebrations aren’t restricted to Paris. Around France, other parades and celebrations will commemorate the movement towards democracy over 200 decades back. Festivities will also occur in nations around the world, such as South Africa and India.

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