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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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    Friday july 19, 2024International Street Theatre FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday july 21, 2024National DayNational Day
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    Sunday july 28, 2024F1 Grand PrixSports events
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    Thursday august 15, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Monday august 26, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday september 27, 2024Namur - Festival international du filmEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday september 27, 2024French Community DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday september 29, 2024Brussels MarathonSports events
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    Friday october 18, 2024All Saints (beginning) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Sunday october 20, 2024Antwerp MarathonSports events
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    Friday october 25, 2024All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday october 27, 2024Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Friday november 15, 2024Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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    Friday december 20, 2024Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday december 26, 2024Banks are closedBanks only
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    Thursday december 26, 2024Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday january 1, 2025New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday january 6, 2025Epiphanycards/flowers
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    Monday january 6, 2025Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)School holidays
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    International Street Theatre Festival

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    Friday july 19, 2024
    Culture : Lasts 5 days - www.gentsefeesten.be in Ghent 2024 edition confirmed

    National Day

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    Sunday july 21, 2024
    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)

    F1 Grand Prix

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    Sunday july 28, 2024
    Sports events : Www.formula1.com in Spa-Francorchamps - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 2024 edition confirmed

    Assumption

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
    Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 26, 2024
    School holidays :

    Namur - Festival international du film

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    Culture : Www.fiff.be lasts one week -- in Namur 2024 edition confirmed

    French Community Day

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    Secular holiday : Applies to the French-speaking community civil servants

    Brussels Marathon

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    Sunday september 29, 2024
    Sports events : Www.bruxelles.be 2024 edition confirmed

    All Saints (beginning) - French schools

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    Friday october 18, 2024
    School holidays :

    Antwerp Marathon

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    Sunday october 20, 2024
    Sports events : Https://antwerpmarathon.com 2024 edition confirmed

    All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)

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    Friday october 25, 2024
    School holidays :

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday october 27, 2024
    Special Events : At 1:00 a.m. local times

    Civil Servants holiday

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    Friday november 15, 2024
    Secular holiday : Dynasty Day German-speaking community celebration

    Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)

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    Friday december 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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.

    Banks are closed

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    Thursday december 26, 2024
    Banks only :

    Civil Servants holiday

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    Thursday december 26, 2024
    Secular holiday : Boxing Day

    New Year's Day

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    Wednesday january 1, 2025
    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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    Monday january 6, 2025
    cards/flowers :

    Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)

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    Monday january 6, 2025
    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
    School day duration: 6:00 hours
    Number of teaching days: 185 (FR), 180 (DE), 185 (NL)
    2022 PISA ranking: #20 with a 486 score
    University of Liege ranking: Shanghai (2023) #301-400
    School may open on Saturday morning
    No uniform required

    We carry confirmed dates till Oct 2025

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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