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Celebrating Bastille Day Island Style


Happy Bastille Day to all you francophiles out there! This is the most important French national holiday that marks the beginning of the French Revolution. Although not all of us can be at the Champs Elysées for the parade and fireworks here are some other French governed places that will be celebrating Bastille Day, island style.

1. In French Polynesia there is a huge festival called Heiva. It consists of a variety of contests such as of singing, dancing, drumming, banana carrying, coconut-opening, out-rigger canoeing, and spearing. It is celebrated for the entire month of July. Heiva is also celebrated in Kauai.

2. The French West Indies ( the four territories that are under French sovereignty in the Caribbean) consist of St. Barts, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

3. Bastille Day is also celebrated in South America in French Guiana! Guiana is governed by French law and the French constitution, so Bastille Day is also enjoyed and celebrated there along with other holidays and customs.

4. Corsica is another French governed island located in the Mediterranean.

For a complete list of French islands click here. As much as I love France and its culture, wouldn't it be great to visit or live on a French island?

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