July 14th is informally known as Bastille Day. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, but more informally, it is the celebration of France’s independence and a joyous celebration of French culture. In France, it is called La Fete Nationale, or the National Celebration, and parades and feasts are the traditional means of celebration.
America, despite certain politicians’ opinions (“Freedom Fries”)has always been a close ally with France, and since our respective Independence Days are so close together, there has always been an American element to the celebration. In or near most of the major cities where Marbles The Brain Store is located, there are festivals and parties planned for Bastille Day. A quick search of the internet reveals fun celebrations in Chicago, New York, Boston, DC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Check the local listings for celebrations near you.
We like to acknowledge and celebrate Bastille Day here at Marbles, not only because French culture is so much fun, but also because one of our favorite game manufacturers, Gigamic, is French. Since our first days we have had a very positive relationship with the folks at Gigamic, and their games are among our Top Sellers. Gigamic is responsible for (among other games) Quarto; Quoridor; Quixo; Kabaleo; Cubulus; Katamino; and Kakuzu.
Parlez-vous francais? Tell us what you like about French culture in the comments!