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Public Holidays

Public holidays in Belgium

Although European, Belgium has Celtic and Germanic origins and the holidays have long been adapted to the Christian world. After all, the vast majority of the population is Roman Catholic. For this reason, it is noticeable that some of the Christian holidays that are important elsewhere are not considered holidays in Belgium. Neither Good Friday nor Boxing Day are public holidays in Belgium.

A special feature are the public holidays of the respective regions and communities.


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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

DateHolidayLocal name
Jan. 1stNew YearJour de l'An
May 1stLabor DayFête du travail
July 11thFlemish Community HolidayFeestdag van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
July 21stBelgian National DayFête nationale
Aug. 15thAssumption DayAssomption
Sept. 20thHoliday of the Walloon Region
Sept. 27thFrench Community HolidayLa fête de la communauté française
Nov. 1stAll Saints' DayToussaint
Nov. 11thDay of TruceArmistice
Nov. 15thHoliday of the German-speaking Community
Dec. 25th1st Christmas HolidayNoël
Dec. 26th2nd Christmas Holiday
Dec. 31stNew Year's Eve



Moving Holidays in Belgium

HolidayLocal name20232024202520262027
Good FridayApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter SundayPâquesApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Easter MondayLundi de PâquesApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Mother's DayMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
Ascension of ChristAscensionMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Whit SundayPentecôteMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24thMay 16th
Whit MondayLundi de pentecôteMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25thMay 17th
Father's DayJune 11thJune 9thJune 8thJune 14thJune 13th

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