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Bastille Day - The Revolution Begins


Bastille was the prison of the notorious Parisian. Formerly, it was known as the Bastille Saint-Antoine and it was famous 'storming of the Bastille which happened in the year 1789 of July 14th and with the beginning of the revolution of the French, 'storming of the Bastille' is now synonymous.

The 'Fte de la Federation' loosely celebrated the storming of the Bastille a year later. 'Fte National' is recently celebrated on 14th July as a national holiday in France. Outside of France, this day is normally known as the Bastille Day.

The storming of the Bastille French is actually asserted by the It was solely for the prisoners release. However, for the French armys weapons, it was considered as a store.

The French president takes the salute in Paris at a place known as Champs-lyses and it is in this particular place where the Bastille Day is honored to be the enormous military parade unlike a group of security guards in Milton Keynes . At the official residence for the president, there is a garden party that is hosted following the parade.

At the Place de la Bastille there is often a political party in the afternoon site of the prison. There are also several displays of firework organized in the evening. For the revolution rather than being a real act of defiance of the state, it has been the symbolic act of the Bastille providing a rally point following the historical believe. There were handful prisoners left in the prison during the storming of the Bastille. During that time there were hundred soldiers who were aged and could not manage the normal cell service and these soldiers defended the Bastille. There was reinforcement of these invalids by the thirty grenadiers which in turn brought in over hundred the total force.

Today Bastille Day is celebrated as a joyous day like any other national holiday.

As we have seen today, Bastille Day is celebrated as any other national holiday.