Dates & Holidays of Belgium

Calendar of Key Dates, National Holidays, and Important Days

Updated: 5 September 2016.

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 & February

Januari & Februari in Dutch; Janvier & Février in French; Januar & Februar in German.
1 Jan

New Year's Day

Nieuwjaar in Dutch; Nouvel An in French; Neujahr in German.

6 Jan

Epiphany

Driekoningen in Dutch; Épiphanie in French; Erscheinung des Herrn in German.

14 Feb

Valentine's Day

Valentijnsdag in Dutch; Saint-Valentin in French; Valentinstag in German.

March & April

Maart & April in Dutch; Mars & Avril in French; März & April in German.
Varying Friday

Good Friday

Goede Vrijdag in Dutch; Vendredi Saint in French; Karfreitag 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.

Varying Monday

Easter Monday

Paasmaandag in Dutch; Lundi de Pâques in French; Ostermontag in German. The Monday immediately following Easter Sunday.

May & June

Mei & Juni in Dutch; Mai & Juin in French; Mai & Juni in German.
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."

Varying

Ascension

Onze Lieve Heer Hemelvaart in Dutch; Ascension in French; Christi Himmelfahrt in German. Known alternately as "May Day" or "Labor Day."

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."

July & August

Juli & Augustus in Dutch; Juillet & Aout in French; Juli & August in German.
21 Jul

Belgian National Day

Nationale Feestdag in Dutch; Fête Nationale in French; Nationalfeiertag in German.

15 Aug

Assumption of Mary

Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart in Dutch; Assomption in French; Mariä Himmelfahrt in German.

September & October

September & Oktober in Dutch; Septembre & Octobre in French; September & Oktober in German.
31 Oct

Halloween

Goes by the same name in all three main Belgian languages.

November & December

November & December in Dutch; Novembre & Décembre in French; November & Dezember in German.
1 Nov

All Saints' Day

Allerheiligen in Dutch; Toussaint in French; Allerheiligen in German.

2 Nov

All Souls' Day

Allerzielen in Dutch; Fête des Morts in French; Allerseelen in German.

11 Nov

Armistice Day

Wapenstilstand in Dutch; Jour de l'Armistice in French; Waffenstillstand in German.

15 Nov

King's Feast

Koningsdag in Dutch; Fête du Roi in French; Festtag des Königs in German.

6 Dec

Saint Nicholas

Sinterklaas in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German.

24 Dec

Christmas Eve

Kerstavond in Dutch; Réveillon de Noël in French; Heiliger Abend in German.

25 Dec

Christmas

Kerstmis in Dutch; Noël in French; Weihnachten in German.

31 Dec

New Year's Eve

Oudejaarsavond in Dutch; Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre in French; Silvester in German.

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Bonus! Days of the Week in the Belgian Languages:

Dutch:

Monday: Maandag
Tuesday: Dinsdag
Wednesday: Woensdag
Thursday: Donderdag
Friday: Vrijdag
Saturday: Zaterdag
Sunday: Zondag

French:

Monday: Lundi
Tuesday: Mardi
Wednesday: Mercredi
Thursday: Jeudi
Friday: Vendredi
Saturday: Samedi
Sunday: Dimanche

German:

Monday: Montag
Tuesday: Dienstag
Wednesday: Mittwoch
Thursday: Donnerstag
Friday: Freitag
Saturday: Samstag
Sunday: Sonntag