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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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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Regional holiday**Saturday May 5, 2018Secular holiday 
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Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)**Wednesday May 9, 2018School holidays 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Bruges Holy Blood procession*Thursday May 10, 2018Culture 
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banks are closedFriday May 11, 2018Banks only 
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Mother's Day*Sunday May 13, 2018cards/flowers 
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Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)Monday May 14, 2018School holidays 
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Pentecost (beginning)Friday May 18, 2018School holidays 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 20, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday*Monday May 21, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (end)Tuesday May 22, 2018School holidays 
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Fathers' Day**Sunday June 10, 2018cards/flowers 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Friday June 15, 2018cards/flowers 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday June 29, 2018School holidays 
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International Street Theatre Festival**Friday July 13, 2018Culture 
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Le Tapis de Fleurs de Bruxelles**Thursday August 16, 2018Culture 
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F1 Grand Prix**Sunday August 26, 2018Sports events 
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summer holiday (end)Monday September 3, 2018School holidays 
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Rosh Hashanah**Monday September 10, 2018cards/flowers 
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French Community Day*Thursday September 27, 2018Secular holiday 
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Namur - Festival international du film**Friday September 28, 2018Culture 
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Brussels Marathon*Sunday October 7, 2018Sports events 
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Gand. Flanders International Film Festival**Tuesday October 9, 2018Culture 
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Municipal electionSunday October 14, 2018Special Events 
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All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)Friday October 26, 2018School holidays 
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Daylight Saving Time*Sunday October 28, 2018Special Events 
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All Saints' Day*Thursday November 1, 2018Catholic 
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Civil Servants DayFriday November 2, 2018Secular holiday 
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All Souls' DaySaturday November 3, 2018cards/flowers 
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All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end)Monday November 5, 2018School holidays 
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Liberation Day 1918**Sunday November 11, 2018Secular holiday 
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Civil Servants holiday**Thursday November 15, 2018Secular holiday 
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Hanukkah**Friday November 30, 2018cards/flowers 
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Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

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 -
Saturday May 5, 2018

Secular holiday : Lasts 2 days http://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only 2018 edition confirmed


Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning) -
Wednesday May 9, 2018

School holidays : some schools may work on Friday


Ascension -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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 10, 2018

Culture : Sanguis Christi please check dates: http://www.holyblood.com/NL/00.asp


Banks are closed -
Friday May 11, 2018

Banks only :


Mother's Day -
Sunday May 13, 2018

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 (end) -
Monday May 14, 2018

School holidays :


Pentecost (beginning) -
Friday May 18, 2018

School holidays :


Pentecost -
Sunday May 20, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday May 21, 2018

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 (end) -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

School holidays :


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 10, 2018

cards/flowers : except in Antwert


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

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]


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday June 29, 2018

School holidays :


Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only) -
Thursday July 11, 2019

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 13, 2018

Culture : Lasts 5 days - www.gentsefeesten.be in Ghent This calendar is officially confirmed till Dec 2018.
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National Day -
Sunday July 21, 2019

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)


Assumption -
Thursday August 15, 2019

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.


Le Tapis de Fleurs de Bruxelles -
Thursday August 16, 2018

Culture : Flower carpet - lasts 3 days http://www.flowercarpet.be/ on Brussels Grand'Place 2018 edition confirmed


F1 Grand Prix -
Sunday August 26, 2018

Sports events : Www.formula1.com in Spa-Francorchamps 2018 edition confirmed
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Summer holiday (end) -
Monday September 3, 2018

School holidays :


Rosh Hashanah -
Monday September 10, 2018

cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday


French Community Day -
Thursday September 27, 2018

Secular holiday : Applies to the French-speaking community civil servants


Namur - Festival international du film -
Friday September 28, 2018

Culture : Http://www.fiff.be in Namur 2018 edition confirmed


Brussels Marathon -
Sunday October 7, 2018

Sports events : Www.bruxelles.be 2018 edition confirmed
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Gand. Flanders International Film Festival -
Tuesday October 9, 2018

Culture : Http://www.filmfestival.be in Gent 2018 edition confirmed
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Municipal election -
Sunday October 14, 2018

Special Events :


All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning) -
Friday October 26, 2018

School holidays :


Daylight Saving Time -
Sunday October 28, 2018

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


All Saints' Day -
Thursday November 1, 2018

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 Day -
Friday November 2, 2018

Secular holiday :


All Souls' Day -
Saturday November 3, 2018

cards/flowers :


All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end) -
Monday November 5, 2018

School holidays :


Liberation Day 1918 -
Sunday November 11, 2018

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 -
Thursday November 15, 2018

Secular holiday : Dynasty Day Ministries are closed


Hanukkah -
Friday November 30, 2018

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