National Day ‘Bastille Day’ is celebrated every year on 14 July in honor of the people of France. Fireworks and parade are organized on this occasion in which a large number of people participate. This day is a mass holiday. It marks the fall of the Bastille, known as a military fort and prison, on July 14, 1789, when angry mobs stormed it, marking the beginning of the French Revolution.
The Story Behind Bastille Day in France
Bastille is the name of a fort and prison of the Middle Ages in Paris. It was initially built as a fortress, which served to guard the eastern gate of the city of Paris. It was later used as a French state prison and a place of prison for important people during the 17th and 18th centuries.
An angry mob of revolutionaries stormed it on 14 July 1789 and freed seven prisoners from the spot. This is largely considered a sign of the French Revolution. Last year, the parade and fireworks were affected due to the Corona pandemic. For the first time since the Second World War, the grand event could not be organized. In its place, a small ceremony involving healthcare workers and warriors involved in the battle of Corona was celebrated. Fireworks were also done without public participation.
Bastille de France is a symbol of unity
This time, 200 horses, 71 planes, 25 helicopters, 221 vehicles and 4,300 soldiers of the Republican Guard will participate in the event. President Emmanuel Macron will be present for the salute of the parade, which is scheduled for 10 am. Viewers will be required to show proof of vaccination such as health pass, latest negative test report of corona or proof of recovery from COVID-19, in addition, they will also have to wear a mask. Many metro stations will also be closed during the day.
Local authorities in Paris have confirmed a fireworks show will take place, but issued a warning to spectators at the Champ-de-Mars to wear masks. However, in many cities including Lille, it has been decided to postpone the fireworks due to the spread of the delta variant of Corona.