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It’s the birth of modern France. The climax of the revolution, when, on July 14, 1789, the people stormed the Bastille - a medieval fortress guarding the eastern entrance to Paris that had been used for hundreds of years by the oppressive rulers as an armoury and political prison. It was the beginning of democracy. The end of tyrannical rule, and the downfall of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette, who were later executed.

One year later, to the day, with the Bastille torn down, the unity of the French people was celebrated with the Fête de la Fédération. The date remains in the spotlight as France’s National Day, known locally as the Fête nationale, and around the world as Bastille Day.

Across the country, the day is marked by balls, fireworks and torchlight retreats. While Cambodia is half a world away from Paris, Thalias joins every year the French population here and all of our friends from around the globe keen to celebrate with us.

France's National day

So if you were wondering how to celebrate Bastille Day in Cambodia, here it is: the French Embassy will host an elegant Garden Party at its compound on Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh’s north. From 6pm, there will be cocktails followed by an all night buffet dinner and free flow drinks, including some of the finest wines, complemented by live music and raffles. Tickets are available at $28 per person (admittance exclusively for persons over 18), here or from French Institute of Cambodia, Open Wine, Khéma Pasteur and Khéma La Poste. For more information and partnerships, contact:

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For those looking to celebrate Bastille Day in Siem Reap, Le Passage will play host, with dinner, dancing and raffles, with funds raised to be donated to the French School. Tickets are $18 pp now or $20 on-site ($10 for children under 12), or $150 for a table of 10 pax, including access to the BBQ buffet, one drink and one ticket for the raffles. Pre-book at or visit Khéma Angkor.