August 15 is a Christian festival that commemorates the Virgin Mary.
Celebrated in the whole of Corsica, it is particularly in Ajaccio which is under the protection of the Virgin Mary.
Traditionally, a mass is celebrated in the Cathedral Notre Dame de l'Assomption in the morning.
In the afternoon, a procession takes place in the streets of Ajaccio.
The birth of Napoleon Bonaparte
On August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte, future emperor of the French, was born in Ajaccio.
Every year the imperial city celebrates its birth for 3 days. On the program: shows, conferences, dances....
After the traditional mass of August 15, a wreath was laid in front of the statue of the King of Rome (rue St Charles).
The August 15 festivities conclude with a fireworks display off St. Francis Beach.
This fireworks is sounded; you can enjoy this sound and light show all along the Boulevard Lantivy from 22h00.
The concert of August 15
After the fireworks, go to the Place de Gaulle (known as the Diamond) to attend the traditional concert of August 15 offered by the municipality.