Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Bastille Day

Today is the French national holiday, named in honor of the storming of the Bastille, a prison in Paris in 1789. The attack didn’t really accomplish all that much — there were only seven prisoners being held at the time — but according to the article, “[t]he storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance.”

It is celebrated with the usual French panache; fireworks on the Eiffel Tower, lots of singing of La Marseillaise, and probably a lot of consumption of food and wine. After all, they’re French.