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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


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

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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Thursday January 6, 2022Epiphanycards/flowers
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Monday January 10, 2022Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)School holidays
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Friday February 25, 2022Carnival - Krokusvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday February 27, 2022Binche CarnivalEvents, celebrations...
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Monday March 7, 2022Carnival - Krokusvakantie (end)School holidays
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Thursday March 10, 2022Foire du Livre de BruxellesEvents, celebrations...
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Sunday March 27, 2022Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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Friday April 1, 2022Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday April 3, 2022Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (cycling race)Sports events
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Sunday April 17, 2022EasterCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday April 19, 2022Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end)School holidays
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Friday April 22, 2022Passovercards/flowers
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Sunday April 24, 2022Antwerp MarathonSports events
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday May 3, 2022End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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Saturday May 7, 2022Regional holidaySecular holiday
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Sunday May 8, 2022Mother's Daycards/flowers
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Wednesday May 25, 2022Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)School holidays
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Thursday May 26, 2022Bruges Holy Blood processionEvents, celebrations...
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Thursday May 26, 2022AscensionCatholic or protestant
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Friday May 27, 2022Banks are closedBanks only
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Monday May 30, 2022Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)School holidays
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Friday June 3, 2022Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday June 5, 2022PentecostCatholic or protestant
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Monday June 6, 2022Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday June 7, 2022Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday June 12, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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Friday July 1, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday July 11, 2022Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only)Secular holiday
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Friday July 15, 2022International Street Theatre FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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Thursday July 21, 2022National DayNational Day
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New Year's Day

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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

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Thursday January 6, 2022
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Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)

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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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Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

Carnival - Krokusvakantie (beginning)

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Friday February 25, 2022
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Binche Carnival

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Sunday February 27, 2022
Culture : Http://www.carnavaldebinche.be/home-nl.html Drums, dances, masks. - Festivities last 2 days.

Carnival - Krokusvakantie (end)

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Monday March 7, 2022
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Foire du Livre de Bruxelles

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Thursday March 10, 2022
Culture : Https://flb.be/ lasts 5 days - 2022 edition confirmed

Daylight Saving Time

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Sunday March 27, 2022
Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning)

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Friday April 1, 2022
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Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (cycling race)

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Sunday April 3, 2022
Sports events : Https://www.uci.org/

Easter

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Sunday April 17, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

Easter Monday

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Monday April 18, 2022
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.

Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end)

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Tuesday April 19, 2022
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Passover

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Friday April 22, 2022
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

Antwerp Marathon

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Sunday April 24, 2022
Sports events : Www.dvvantwerp10miles.be/ 2022 edition confirmed

Labor Day/May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
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 .

End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Tuesday May 3, 2022
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]

Regional holiday

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Saturday May 7, 2022
Secular holiday : Https://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only - lasts 2 days 2022 edition confirmed

Mother's Day

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Sunday May 8, 2022
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)

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Wednesday May 25, 2022
School holidays : some schools may work on Friday

Bruges Holy Blood procession

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Thursday May 26, 2022
Culture : Sanguis Christi

Ascension

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Thursday May 26, 2022
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.

Banks are closed

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Friday May 27, 2022
Banks only :

Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)

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Monday May 30, 2022
School holidays :

Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 3, 2022
School holidays :

Pentecost

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Sunday June 5, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

Whit Monday

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Monday June 6, 2022
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)

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Tuesday June 7, 2022
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Fathers' Day

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Sunday June 12, 2022
cards/flowers : except in Antwert

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 1, 2022
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Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only)

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Monday July 11, 2022
Secular holiday : Applies to the Flemish-speaking civil servants Celebrates the Battle of the Golden Spurs (11 July 1302)

International Street Theatre Festival

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Friday July 15, 2022
Culture : Lasts 5 days - www.gentsefeesten.be in Ghent 2022 edition confirmed

National Day

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Thursday July 21, 2022
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)