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

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Ann

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2018

5 replies

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

This relates to:
Using prepositions with celebration days, like Christmas -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2018

9/01/18

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).

Ann

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2018

9/01/18

It is always à la St. Valentin et á la Aïd etc but just À Noël. Just wondering why

Chris

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2018

9/01/18

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.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2018

27/02/18

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!

Ann

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Merci

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