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Belgium : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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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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Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)Friday December 21, 2018School holidays 
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Christmas Day*Tuesday December 25, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Civil Servants holiday*Wednesday December 26, 2018Secular holiday 
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banks are closedWednesday December 26, 2018Banks only 
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Saint Nicholas -
Friday December 6, 2019

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


Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning) -
Friday December 21, 2018

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Tuesday December 25, 2018

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.


Civil Servants holiday -
Wednesday December 26, 2018

Secular holiday : Boxing Day


Banks are closed -
Wednesday December 26, 2018

Banks only :