Belgium’s national holidays
There are officially 12 Belgian national holidays but two fall on a Sunday – Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday (Whitsun or Pentecost) – typically giving workers 10 Belgian public holidays, or less other Belgian holidays fall on a Sunday.
Sunday 1 January: New Years Day
Monday after Eastern: Easter Monday
Monday 1 May: Labour Day
Thursday …. May: Ascension Day (40 days after Easter)
Monday … June: Whit Monday – the seventh Monday after Easter, also known as Pentecost Monday.
Friday 21 July: Belgium National Day (Belgian Independence Day) – commemorates the day Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium in 1831.
Tuesday 15 August: Assumption Day (Assumption of Mary)
Wednesday 1 November: All Saints’ Day
Saturday 11 November: Armistice Day
Monday 25 December: Christmas Day
Important holidays in Belgium
These Belgian holidays are not typically granted as public holidays in Belgium but some are widely celebrated around the country.
Friday 6 January: Epiphany (Three Kings’ Day)
Last Sunday of March: Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time (DST) starts
Sunday … May: Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)
Monday May 8: Feast of the Iris – Feast Day of the Brussels-Capital Region
Sunday … June: Father’s Day (second Sunday in June)
Sunday …. September: Feast Day of the Walloon Region (the third Sunday of September)
Last Sunday of October: Clocks go back one hour (DST ends)
2 November: All Souls Day – a Christian holiday although public offices typically close.
Wednesday 15 November: Dynasty Day, Feast of the Dynasty or King’s Feast – although not a public holiday, most government offices close.
Wednesday 6 December: St Nicholas Day – when Sinterklass/Saint Nicolas fills children’s shoes with presents.
June 21 and December 21: Solstice – longest and shortest days of the year.