National Public Holidays in Belgium

Calendar of the national vacation days when businesses, schools and banks holiday…

  • The French for public holiday is jour férié, in Dutch it is feestdag
  • Belgian organisations and businesses close on public holidays
  • Police stations and hospitals do not close
  • When a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, many companies “make the bridge” (de brug maken/faire le pont) by taking off the Friday or Monday, creating a long weekend

Public Holidays 2017

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 17 April - Easter Monday
  • 1 May - May Day
  • 25 May - Ascension Day
  • 5 June - Pentecost/Whit Monday
  • 21 July - National Day
  • 15 August - Assumption Day
  • 1 November - All Saints' Day
  • 11 November – Armistice Day
  • 25 December - Christmas Day