Bastille Day

Today is La Fête nationale in France, otherwise known as Bastille Day. This national celebration is akin to July 4 in the United States in that it commemorates an action which led to the current independent state of the nation, but the actual similarities are rather sparse. July 4 in the United States commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which has the status of an actual legal document which severed ties with England because of the repressive policies of King George III. July 14 in France celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison, where many people had been held as political prisoners by the French monarchy, and is regarded by many to have been a largely symbolic act when all was said and done. Two exegetical points: Understanding history is part and parcel of exegesis. Symbolic actions can have tremendous effect.

À mes amis en France, bonne fête à tous!