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Belgium : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months



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Labor Day/May Day*Wednesday May 1, 2019Secular holiday 
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Regional holiday**Wednesday May 1, 2019Secular holiday 
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Mother's Day*Sunday May 12, 2019cards/flowers 
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parliamentary electionSunday May 26, 2019Special Events 
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Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)**Wednesday May 29, 2019School holidays 
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Ascension*Thursday May 30, 2019Catholic or protestant 
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Bruges Holy Blood procession*Thursday May 30, 2019Culture 
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banks are closedFriday May 31, 2019Banks only 
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Labor Day/May Day -
Wednesday May 1, 2019

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Regional holiday -
Wednesday May 1, 2019

Secular holiday : Http://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only - lasts 4 days 2019 edition confirmed


Mother's Day -
Sunday May 12, 2019

cards/flowers : Probably linked with a celebration in England in the 1600s ( Mothering Sunday ). Honored all mothers in England. Mothering Sunday gave poor servants who lived and worked for the wealthy a day off to actually go home and dedicate time to their mothers. Mothering Cake , a special cake, was common for the celebration.


Parliamentary election -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Special Events :


Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning) -
Wednesday May 29, 2019

School holidays : some schools may work on Friday


Ascension -
Thursday May 30, 2019

Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.


Bruges Holy Blood procession -
Thursday May 30, 2019

Culture : Sanguis Christi


Banks are closed -
Friday May 31, 2019

Banks only :