Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes !
Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons !
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !
La Marseillaise, 1907, from youtube.
Bonne Fête Nationale!
Fête Nationale or Bastille Day is the national French holiday which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 which in turn signaled the beginning of the French Revolution.
The Bastille was a medieval fortress-like prison that had come to be associated in the minds of the French citizens with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy. The capturing of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation; the people had signaled that the king's power was no longer absolute – the ancien régime was at an end.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way” Charles Dickens.Claude Monet. Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of June 30, 1878. 1878. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.
Although not Bastille Day, this painting by Monet gives an Impression of a joyous celebration.