Updated: 5 September 2016.
Dates & Holidays of Belgium
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 :)
New Year's Day
Nieuwjaar in Dutch; Nouvel An in French; Neujahr in German.
Driekoningen in Dutch; Épiphanie in French; Erscheinung des Herrn in German.
Valentijnsdag in Dutch; Saint-Valentin in French; Valentinstag in German.
Goede Vrijdag in Dutch; Vendredi Saint in French; Karfreitag in German.
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.
Paasmaandag in Dutch; Lundi de Pâques in French; Ostermontag in German. The Monday immediately following Easter Sunday.
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."
Onze Lieve Heer Hemelvaart in Dutch; Ascension in French; Christi Himmelfahrt in German. Known alternately as "May Day" or "Labor Day."
Pinksteren in Dutch; Pentecôte in French; Pfingsten in German. Known alternately as "Whitsunday."
Pinkstermaandag in Dutch; Lundi de Pentecôte in French; Pfingstmontag in German. Known alternately as "Whit Monday."
Belgian National Day
Nationale Feestdag in Dutch; Fête Nationale in French; Nationalfeiertag in German.
Assumption of Mary
Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart in Dutch; Assomption in French; Mariä Himmelfahrt in German.
Goes by the same name in all three main Belgian languages.
All Saints' Day
Allerheiligen in Dutch; Toussaint in French; Allerheiligen in German.
All Souls' Day
Allerzielen in Dutch; Fête des Morts in French; Allerseelen in German.
Wapenstilstand in Dutch; Jour de l'Armistice in French; Waffenstillstand in German.
Koningsdag in Dutch; Fête du Roi in French; Festtag des Königs in German.
Sinterklaas in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German.
Kerstavond in Dutch; Réveillon de Noël in French; Heiliger Abend in German.
Kerstmis in Dutch; Noël in French; Weihnachten in German.
New Year's Eve
Oudejaarsavond in Dutch; Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre in French; Silvester in German.
Bonus! Days of the Week in the Belgian Languages: