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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 next 3 months



Internet extension: .be - Telephone code: 32 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
Currency: Euro (EUR) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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German (90 million speakers in 5 countries), Flemish (5 million speakers), French (150 million speakers in 30 countries) ...
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Name Date Kind
New Year's Day**Saturday January 1, 2022Secular holiday 
EpiphanyThursday January 6, 2022cards/flowers 
Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)**Monday January 10, 2022School holidays 
Brussels Marathon*Sunday October 3, 2021Sports events 
Antwerp Marathon*Sunday October 10, 2021Sports events 
European Open**Monday October 11, 2021Sports events 
Gand. Flanders International Film Festival**Tuesday October 12, 2021Culture 
All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)Friday October 29, 2021School holidays 
Daylight Saving Time*Sunday October 31, 2021Special Events 
All Saints' Day*Monday November 1, 2021Catholic 
Civil Servants holidayTuesday November 2, 2021Secular holiday 
All Souls' DaySaturday November 6, 2021cards/flowers 
All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end)Monday November 8, 2021School holidays 
Liberation Day 1918**Thursday November 11, 2021Secular holiday 
Civil Servants holiday**Monday November 15, 2021Secular holiday 
Hanukkah**Friday December 3, 2021cards/flowers 
Saint Nicholas*Monday December 6, 2021cards/flowers 
Agribex**Wednesday December 8, 2021Tradeshows 
Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)Friday December 24, 2021School holidays 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 

New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022

Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Epiphany -
Thursday January 6, 2022

cards/flowers :


Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end) -
Monday January 10, 2022

School holidays : Www.enseignement.be
calendar issued by the Ministry of Education
With numerous levels of national and local bureaucracy, the school system can seem difficult to understand. However, as Belgium is the capital of the EU, the education system is well developed to serve international and working families (state schools, subsidised or free private schools, bilingual schools, method schools and private and international schools)
Instruction is dispensed in either Flemish, French, German or English
PISA ranking (average 493): 502
number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 650
Number of teaching days: 185 (FR), 180 (DE), 185 (NL)
School may open on Saturday morning
No uniform required

Dates confirmed till Aug 2022

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Brussels Marathon -
Sunday October 3, 2021

Sports events : Www.bruxelles.be 2021 edition confirmed (provided the Covid epidemics is stopped)


Antwerp Marathon -
Sunday October 10, 2021

Sports events : Www.dvvantwerp10miles.be/ 2021 edition confirmed (provided the Covid epidemics is stopped)


European Open -
Monday October 11, 2021

Sports events : Https://www.atptour.com in Antwerp 2022 edition NOT confirmed


Gand. Flanders International Film Festival -
Tuesday October 12, 2021

Culture : Http://www.filmfestival.be in Gent 2021 edition confirmed (provided the Covid epidemics is stopped)


All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning) -
Friday October 29, 2021

School holidays :


Daylight Saving Time -
Sunday October 31, 2021

Special Events : At 1:00 a.m. local times


All Saints' Day -
Monday November 1, 2021

Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)


Civil Servants holiday -
Tuesday November 2, 2021

Secular holiday :


All Souls' Day -
Saturday November 6, 2021

cards/flowers :


All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end) -
Monday November 8, 2021

School holidays :


Liberation Day 1918 -
Thursday November 11, 2021

Secular holiday : Commemmorates the end of World War I on 11th November 1918. The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Paid holiday when falling on Sunday (Labour law 4 Jan 1974)


Civil Servants holiday -
Monday November 15, 2021

Secular holiday : Dynasty Day German-speaking community celebration


Hanukkah -
Friday December 3, 2021

cards/flowers : Commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BC) NOT a public holiday


Saint Nicholas -
Monday December 6, 2021

cards/flowers : A festival for children related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts.


Agribex -
Wednesday December 8, 2021

Tradeshows : Lasts 3 days - http://www.agribex.be/ in Brussels 2021 edition confirmed (provided the Covid epidemics is stopped)


Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning) -
Friday December 24, 2021

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.