Why doesn't Noël use a definite article when other holidays do?

AnnC1

Why doesn't Noël use a definite article when other holidays do?

Asked 5 years ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Anne,

As Chris has already said Noël and Pâques don't have an article in front of them but  the Saints days  do ,

e.g. C'est la St Jean aujourdh'ui or aujourd'hui c'est la Sainte Honorine , ou la Sainte Isabelle, ou la Saint Martin...

It is ( so and so ) Saint' s day today ...

You also use the article with other religious celebrations , e.g. La Toussaint, La Pentecôte, l'Ascention . ( All Saints' day, Pentecost/ Whitsun , Ascention day )

So Noël and Pâques are pretty much the exceptions here,

Hope this helps!

Hi Ann, I looked at the lesson and couldn't find a difference between Noël and the other holidays. It is either: 1) À Noël -- At Christmas (in general) or 2) Le jour de Noël -- On Christmas Day. Can you point me to what you have difficulty with exactly? -- Chris (not a native speaker).
AnnC1
It is always à la St. Valentin et á la Aïd etc but just À Noël. Just wondering why
In the lesson you are referencing it is "à Pâques and, "à Hanoucca". The form "à la St. Valentin" is used for name days. Here is the corresponding lesson: https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/view/4673 Hope that helps, -- Chris.
AnnC1
Merci

Why doesn't Noël use a definite article when other holidays do?

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