MIDLAND, MICHIGAN | She arrived simply in time. On Wednesday evening, Celine Boutier, the 28-year-old two-time LPGA Tour winner from Paris, flew to France to spend a couple of days close to residence earlier than the following main, the Amundi Evian Championship. She landed on July 14, a date which means little to the remainder of the world however one which holds a particular place within the hearts of the French.
July 14 is the day France celebrates independence, the beginning of the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and instituted what we now know as a contemporary Western republic. Within the English-speaking world, it’s often called Bastille Day. It’s a day of celebrations and parades, picnics and fireworks. The Tour de France is underway, and throngs of biking followers line the route waving flags. Others sit up for a time without work from work to walk the streets and revel in some of the lovely international locations on this planet.
“I’m wanting ahead to celebrating,” mentioned Boutier. “I celebrated it extra once I was nonetheless residing in France as a result of it’s the nationwide vacation there and right here (within the U.S.) it’s not celebrated in any respect. We all the time took the time without work in France and there may be all the time large exhibits and celebrations, particularly Paris. It’s only a good vacation for us.”
In Midland throughout a Wednesday rain delay on the Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational, Pauline Roussin, the 22-year-old Frenchwoman and LPGA Tour rookie who was the No.1-ranked newbie on this planet, was requested how she celebrates Bastille Day.
The look she gave mentioned all of it. She has no thought. “What’s that?” she requested.
Even after “Bastille Day” was repeated, she appeared like she’d been requested a chemistry query. Then it hit her. “Oh, Fête Nationale,” she mentioned, which is how the French consult with the day. “Oh yeah, it’s an enormous deal in France, a celebration of French tradition and an honor to the army. The parades are actually particular. They’re one thing to see.”
Boutier agreed. “Right here (within the States) the Fourth of July is a bit more intense, nevertheless it’s the identical thought. The celebrations are larger in Paris, however they happen in all places within the countryside. You possibly can go wherever and see the fireworks.”
Like Paul Revere’s journey, the Boston Tea Celebration, and the battles of Lexington and Harmony, the occasions of Fête Nationale or Bastille Day learn like many 18th-century uprisings – a smoke-filled hell marred by confusion and miscommunication. On July 14, 1789, amid rampant inflation and political turmoil, a bunch of residents, fearful that King Louis XVI was about to unleash the royal military on his political opponents, staged an riot, storming a jail (the Bastille) recognized for housing the king’s critics in addition to an armory (the Hôtel des Invalides) to grab muskets and cannons. It turned out that the Bastille held solely seven prisoners that day, none of any political significance. Nonetheless, a pitch battle ensued, one the place 200 rebels perished in addition to Bernard René Jourdan, the governor (or commanding officer) of the Bastille and Jacques de Flesselles, the mayor of the realm and a person thought-about the primary official authorities casualty of the French Revolution.
Three weeks later, the French common meeting formally abolished feudalism. And on August 26 of that yr, the Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man as a Citizen) had been proclaimed.
Turmoil adopted. A little bit greater than 5 years later, Louis XVI and his spouse Marie Antoinette (who by no means truly mentioned “allow them to eat cake”) had been beheaded. Within the ensuing months, revolutionaries experimented with all the pieces from year-zero collectivism to anarchy. Through the interval often called the Reign of Terror, the machine named after Joseph-Ignace Guillotine obtained a exercise with 1000’s of beheadings finally ending with the crowning of an emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.
However the French individuals by no means forgot the emotions impressed by the storming of the Bastille, the longing to throw off the shackles of feudalism and embrace republicanism.
“It’s a part of our historical past, and we take a look at it with delight,” Boutier mentioned. “After I was youthful rising up, I didn’t recognize the day and what it represented till I obtained older.
“Then in my time in faculty, I noticed Individuals celebrating the Fourth of July and it made me a bit unhappy. It made me understand that I ought to have a good time being from France. It’s an enormous day in our historical past and it ought to positively be celebrated and remembered accordingly.
“You concentrate on how we reside at the moment and it’s straightforward to consider that the freedoms you’ve are regular and the best way issues ought to be. However now we have positively come a good distance (from the times of the monarchy).
“I believe it’s good to have a good time every nation’s independence. (Bastille Day) is particular to me as a result of France is the place I’m from. Nevertheless it’s good to have a good time this form of vacation with everybody.”