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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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Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning)Friday April 3, 2020School holidays 
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Easter**Sunday April 12, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 13, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Passover**Wednesday April 15, 2020cards/flowers 
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Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end)Monday April 20, 2020School holidays 
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Antwerp Marathon*Sunday April 26, 2020Sports events 
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Labor Day/May Day*Friday May 1, 2020Secular holiday 
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Regional holiday**Friday May 8, 2020Secular holiday 
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Mother's Day*Sunday May 10, 2020cards/flowers 
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Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)**Wednesday May 20, 2020School holidays 
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Ascension*Thursday May 21, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Bruges Holy Blood procession*Thursday May 21, 2020Culture 
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banks are closedFriday May 22, 2020Banks only 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Sunday May 24, 2020cards/flowers 
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Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)Monday May 25, 2020School holidays 
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Pentecost holiday (beginning)Friday May 29, 2020School holidays 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 31, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday*Monday June 1, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost holiday (end)Tuesday June 2, 2020School holidays 
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Fathers' Day**Sunday June 14, 2020cards/flowers 
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summer holiday (beginning)Wednesday July 1, 2020School holidays 
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Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only)*Saturday July 11, 2020Secular holiday 
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International Street Theatre Festival**Friday July 17, 2020Culture 
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National Day**Tuesday July 21, 2020National Day 
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Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning) -
Friday April 3, 2020

School holidays :


Easter -
Sunday April 12, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 13, 2020

Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.


Passover -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday


Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end) -
Monday April 20, 2020

School holidays :


Antwerp Marathon -
Sunday April 26, 2020

Sports events : Www.dvvantwerp10miles.be/ 2020 edition confirmed


Labor Day/May Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

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 -
Friday May 8, 2020

Secular holiday : Https://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only - lasts 4 days 2020 edition confirmed


Mother's Day -
Sunday May 10, 2020

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.


Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning) -
Wednesday May 20, 2020

School holidays : some schools may work on Friday


Ascension -
Thursday May 21, 2020

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 21, 2020

Culture : Sanguis Christi


Banks are closed -
Friday May 22, 2020

Banks only :


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Sunday May 24, 2020

cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]


Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end) -
Monday May 25, 2020

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Pentecost holiday (beginning) -
Friday May 29, 2020

School holidays :


Pentecost -
Sunday May 31, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday June 1, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.


Pentecost holiday (end) -
Tuesday June 2, 2020

School holidays :


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 14, 2020

cards/flowers : except in Antwert


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Wednesday July 1, 2020

School holidays :


Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only) -
Saturday July 11, 2020

Secular holiday : Applies to the Flemish-speaking civil servants Celebrates the Battle of the Golden Spurs (11 July 1302)


International Street Theatre Festival -
Friday July 17, 2020

Culture : Lasts 5 days - www.gentsefeesten.be in Ghent 2020 edition NOT confirmed
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National Day -
Tuesday July 21, 2020

Secular holiday : Celebrates the 1831 separation from the Netherlands, as well as the formal establishment of the kingdom. Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg was crowned and supported the constitution drawn up by National Congress. Paid holiday when falling on Sunday (Labour law 4 Jan 1974)