Public Holidays in Belgium
Belgium celebrates a mix of national, regional, and cultural holidays throughout the year. Here are some of the most significant holidays and festivals in Belgium:
- New Year's Day (Nieuwjaar) - January 1st: Belgians celebrate the start of the new year with parties, fireworks, and family gatherings.
- Epiphany (Driekoningen) - January 6th: Also known as Three Kings' Day, it celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus. Children dress up as kings and go door-to-door to collect sweets.
- Easter (Pasen) - Date varies: Easter is celebrated with church services and family gatherings. Easter Monday is a public holiday marked by various events and activities.
- Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid) - May 1st: A day to celebrate workers' rights, often marked by parades and demonstrations.
- Ascension Day (Onze-Lieve-Heer-Hemelvaart) - Date varies (40 days after Easter): A Christian holiday commemorating Jesus' ascension into heaven. Many people enjoy outdoor activities and festivals.
- Whit Monday (Pinkstermaandag) - Date varies (the day after Pentecost): A public holiday for leisure and outdoor activities.
- Belgian National Day (Nationale Feestdag) - July 21st: Celebrates the anniversary of the Belgian monarchy and the swearing-in of the first Belgian king in 1831. Festivities include parades and fireworks.
- Assumption of Mary (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hemelvaart) - August 15th: A public holiday celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
- All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen) - November 1st: A day to remember and honor the deceased, often involving visits to cemeteries.
- Armistice Day (Wapenstilstand) - November 11th: Commemorates the end of World War I. Two minutes of silence are observed at 11:00 AM.
- Christmas (Kerstmis) - December 25th: Christmas is celebrated with family gatherings, festive meals, and gift-giving.
Belgium also has several regional festivals and events specific to different communities and linguistic regions, including Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels. These can include local parades, processions, and cultural celebrations.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Sunday||March 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Ascension Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Whit Monday||May 20||Monday||Public Holiday|