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Traditional Fests
Festivities in French Guiana portray this nation's Catholic and French influence. Many of the public holidays in France are also observed in this country.


New Year’s Day
Just like almost any other country around the world, French Guiana celebrates the arrival of a new year every January 1st, and the celebrations start since December 31st among displays of fireworks and joyful concerts. 


Mardi Gras

Held on February or March, Mardi Gras is a celebration of life right before the period of Lent that precedes Easter. Big parades with lots of music and costumes are performed for almost an entire month during January and February until the last day, which is Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday.


Easter celebrations take place between March and April and start with Ash Wednesday, a public holiday in French Guiana which marks the end of Mardi Gras. Although of Roman Catholic tradition, Good Friday and Easter Monday are also public holidays.


Victory Day
A commemoration of French origins, Victory Day on May 8th marks the end of World War II, and it is a public holiday on this nation.


Abolition of Slavery
Every June 10th, a festive and familiar environment filled with typical food takes over Place des Palmistes to commemorate the abolition of slavery in French Guiana, which was declared in 1848.  


Cayenne Festival
Every October 15th Cayenne, the capital city of French Guiana celebrates its day with local traditional festivities. This day is a holiday in Cayenne.