Belgium: Dates & Holidays

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Updated: 2017-03-15.

Calendar of Key Dates, National Holidays, and Important Days

Whether you’re about to visit or just keen on learning about the culture, check out our handy little calendar to learn about the different holidays and celebrations in Belgium. And as an added little bonus, we’ve listed the names of the months in the three main languages (Dutch, French, and German) below the months’ names in English 🙂

January

Januari in Dutch; Janvier in French; Januar in German.

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaar in Dutch; Nouvel An in French; Neujahr in German.)
  • 6 January: Epiphany (Driekoningen in Dutch; Épiphanie in French; Erscheinung des Herrn in German.)

February

Februari in Dutch; Février in French; Februar in German.

  • 14 February: Valentine’s Day (Valentijnsdag in Dutch; Saint-Valentin in French; Valentinstag in German.)

March

Maart in Dutch; Mars in French; März in German.

  • Varying Sunday: Easter Sunday (Pasen in Dutch; Pâques in French; Ostern in German. Easter in “Western Christianity” is always on one Sunday between 22 March and 25 April on the Gregorian calendar, sometime during the first week after the astronomical full moon)

April

April in Dutch; Avril in French; April in German.

  • Varying Friday: Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag in Dutch; Vendredi Saint in French; Karfreitag in German; anytime from end of March through April)
  • Varying Monday: Easter Monday (Paasmaandag in Dutch; Lundi de Pâques in French; Ostermontag in German. The Monday immediately following Easter Sunday; anytime from end of March through April)

May

Mei in Dutch; Mai in French; Mai in German.

  • Varying Sunday: Pentecost (Pinksteren in Dutch; Pentecôte in French; Pfingsten in German. Known alternately as “Whitsunday.”)
  • Varying Monday: Pentecost Monday (Pinkstermaandag in Dutch; Lundi de Pentecôte in French; Pfingstmontag in German. Known alternately as “Whit Monday.”)
  • Varying Day: Ascension (Onze Lieve Heer Hemelvaart in Dutch; Ascension in French; Christi Himmelfahrt in German. Known alternately as “May Day” or “Labor Day.”)
  • 1 May: International Workers’ Day (Dag van de arbeid in Dutch; Fête du Travail in French; Tag der Arbeit in German. Known alternately as “May Day” or “Labor Day.”)

June

Juni in Dutch; Juin in French; Juni in German.

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July

Juli in Dutch; Juillet in French; Juli in German.

  • 21 July: Belgian National Day (Nationale Feestdag in Dutch; Fête Nationale in French; Nationalfeiertag in German.)

August

Augustus in Dutch; Aout in French; August in German.

  • 15 August: Assumption of Mary (Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart in Dutch; Assomption in French; Mariä Himmelfahrt in German.)

September

September in Dutch; Septembre in French; September in German.

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October

Oktober in Dutch; Octobre in French; Oktober in German.

  • 31 October: Halloween (Goes by the same name in all three main Belgian languages.)

November

November in Dutch; Novembre in French; November in German.

  • 1 November: All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen in Dutch; Toussaint in French; Allerheiligen in German.)
  • 2 November: All Souls’ Day (Allerzielen in Dutch; Fête des Morts in French; Allerseelen in German.)
  • 11 November: Armistice Day (Wapenstilstand in Dutch; Jour de l’Armistice in French; Waffenstillstand in German.)
  • 15 November: King’s Feast (Koningsdag in Dutch; Fête du Roi in French; Festtag des Königs in German.)

December

December in Dutch; Décembre in French; Dezember in German.

  • 6 December: Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German.)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Kerstavond in Dutch; Réveillon de Noël in French; Heiliger Abend in German.)
  • 25 December: Christmas (Kerstmis in Dutch; Noël in French; Weihnachten in German.)
  • 31 December: New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsavond in Dutch; Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre in French; Silvester in German.)
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