What is Bastille Day?
The French National Day – or Bastille Day, is the anniversary of the Prise de la Bastille (storming of the Bastille) on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Republican Democracy.
On that day, the French tend to celebrate all things that symbolise France – including their flag and La Marseillaise, and the Republican National values: ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ (Liberty, Equality and Fraternity).
It’s a day to celebrate patriotic pride rather than political History.
How is it celebrated?
In France the day is celebrated with official parades and fireworks but abroad, people usually throw French-themed parties or simply spend the day indulging in all (good) things French, namely: viennoiseries, (French) cheese, (French) wine, (French) saucisson and numerous other culinary wonders.
Although it is more of a cliché and less of a real representation of French fashion, people do love to wear stripes, a béret and red lips for women (blue white red, just like the French flag – geddit?) on Bastille Day.
Without a doubt, there are good and bad clichés but we do like a bit of stereotyping and we certainly love a good occasion to celebrate – mainly when it involves French cheese & wine!
So we’re running a competition to celebrate Bastille Day!
To enter – it’s very simple:
- Subscribe to our monthly newsletter
- Follow us on Facebook
- On Saturday 14thJuly (Bastille Day!) – Post a picture on our Facebook page using #TGCTakesBastille
- Dress code: French (stripes, beret & something red)
- Picture elements: Cheese and/or Baguette (optional) + Wine – bottle or glass (mandatory)
4. Invite your family & friends to enter the competition, the more the merrier!
Entries will close at midnight on 14thJuly and we’ll announce the winner on Monday 16thJuly.
Prize: 3 bottles of French wine (3 colours to the flag, 3 Republican values, 3 bottles of wine – geddit?!)
Get in the spirit, join in the celebrations and share your moments with The Grape Code!
May the best win, et vive la Revolution!