Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day

Since I gave a little presentation for the 4th of July, I figured one would be appropriate for Bastille Day, since Blue Marguerite is French, after all. :-)

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, which is seen as the start of the modern nation of France. The actions led to the abolishing of feudalism in France and eventually to the creation of a French Constitution.

The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle as a war song and was dedicated to a French Marshal. It was given its name when volunteers from Marseille (in southern France) sang it as they arrived in Paris.

Ladies and gentlemen, the "Marseillaise":

(For an English translation, click here.)

And, of course, more fireworks: ;-)



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