Bastille Day is the name given to the French National Day or La Fete Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet. Bastille Day is celebrated by the people of France on the 14th of July every year as their National Day.
The day is celebrated by all the French people in France, all around the world. This day is also celebrated in the countries earlier having French colonies, one of which is in Pondicherry, India. Bastille day is celebrates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, which was celebrated during the first anniversary after the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.
The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France.
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The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests. After the Bastille was stormed in July, feudalism was abolished on the 4th of August and the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen’ was proclaimed.
Official ceremonies and festivities are planned during this day of national importance, mainly in France. The cadets from Ecole Polytechnique open the grand parade, followed by cadets from Saint-Cyr and then by Ecole Navale. The military parade is the biggest highlight on Bastille Day.