Acadian and Francophone Celebrations and Commemorations

International Francophonie Day: March 20

Every year, March 20 is observed around the world as the International Francophonie Day, celebrating the French language and Francophone culture. Created in 1988, the date commemorates the establishment of the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie, organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language. Today, with 300 million speakers around the world, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world; and La Francophonie has 88 member states and governments.

International Francophonie Day

National Acadian Day: August 15

Since 1881, Acadians have celebrated National Acadian Day on August 15. It is a day marked by colourful community festivals and family events, especially the tradition of “Tintamarre”: people march through the streets in their communities, making noise as they go to demonstrate the vitality and solidarity of the Acadian community.

Acadian flag flying