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Here are some useful dates for your calendars in 2020 – public holidays in France and other key events in the Languedoc area.


Wednesday 1Public Holiday - New Year's Day
Monday 6 Epiphanie (Galette des Rois)
Monday 6Back to School
Wednesday 8Winter Sales (ends on 4 February)
Sunday 19Carnaval de Limoux (ends on 29 March)


Sunday 2Chandeleur, Candelmas
Saturday 8Winter school holidays * (ends on 24 February)
Saturday 25Mardi Gras


Sunday 29Montpellier Marathon


Saturday 4Spring School holidays * (ends on 20 April)
Tuesday 7Escale à Sete (ends on 13 April)
Monday 13Public Holiday - Easter Monday
Saturday 25Renesting in France Seminar
Monday 27Real Estate & Real Life Tours (ends on 29 April)


Friday 1Public Holiday - Labour Day
Friday 8Public Holiday - Victory Day
Thursday 14French income tax declaration deadlines * (ends on 2 June)
Wednesday 20Ascension School Holidays * (ends on 25 May)
Thursday 21Public Holiday - Ascension Day
Saturday 23Fête de la Cerise, Ceret (ends on 24 May)
Sunday 31Public Holiday - Whit Sunday


Monday 1Public Holiday - Whit Monday
Sunday 21Fête de la Musique
Wednesday 24Summer Sales (ends on 21 July)


Wednesday 1Festival de Carcassonne (ends on 30 July)
Saturday 4Summer School Holidays *
Tuesday 14Public Holiday - Bastille Day


Wednesday 12Feria de Béziers (ends on 16 August)
Saturday 15Public Holiday - Assumption Day


Tuesday 1La Rentrée, Back to School
Sunday 21Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (ends on 20 September)


Thursday 15Deadline for Taxe Foncière payments (ends on 21 October)
Saturday 17La Toussaint School Holidays * (ends on 2 November)


Sunday 1Public Holiday - All Saints' Day
Wednesday 11Public Holiday - Armistice Day
Monday 16Deadline for Taxe d’Habitation payments (ends on 21 November)


Saturday 19Christmas School Holidays
Friday 25Public Holiday - Christmas Day

As an English speaker resident or partially resident in France, if you are unclear about your French tax obligations please contact us and we can put you in touch with a specialist advisor for your particular circumstances.

* Dates shown are for schools in Montpellier area, Zone C (https://vacances-scolaires.education)

If you are hosting or would like to suggest any other community events to add to this list, please do add them in the comments below!

Dennelle Taylor Nizoux

Dennelle is the President of Renestance and a bilingual American who’s lived in France since 2000. She loves so many things about France, its language, culture, geography, quality of life... that she started a business to help others realize their dreams of living in this incredible place.

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