May in Provence is the continuation of annual flower markets and the beginning of the abrivado season. Horse festivals, running of the bulls… Pay attention to signs- you may be run over!
For me, the season only really starts with the 1st of May celebrations in Arles where the Fête des Gardians takes over the city.
This is the month of public holidays in France. Make sure to be aware of store closings. I would just give up on getting anything official done this month. Beware of “faire le pont” where everyone combines a public holiday with a weekend- even if the holiday is in the middle of the week!
Jours Féries/Public Holidays:
|Fête du Travail||1 Mai|
|8 Mai 1945||8 Mai|
|Jeudi de l’Ascension||25 Mai|
|Lundi de Pentecôte||5 Juin|