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Belgium : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday may 4, 2024Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday may 8, 2024Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday may 9, 2024Bruges Holy Blood processionEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday may 9, 2024AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Friday may 10, 2024Banks are closedBanks only
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    Sunday may 12, 2024Mother's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday may 13, 2024Mid-term holiday (end) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Monday may 13, 2024Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)School holidays
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    Friday may 17, 2024Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday may 19, 2024PentecostCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 20, 2024Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday may 21, 2024Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday june 9, 2024European electionsSpecial Events
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    Sunday june 9, 2024Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Sunday june 9, 2024Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning) - Flemish schoolsSchool holidays
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    Friday july 5, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday july 11, 2024Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only)Secular holiday
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    Friday july 19, 2024International Street Theatre FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday july 21, 2024National DayNational Day
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    Sunday july 28, 2024F1 Grand PrixSports events
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    Thursday august 15, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Monday august 26, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday september 2, 2024Summer holiday (end) - Flemish schoolsSchool holidays
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    Friday september 27, 2024Namur - Festival international du filmEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday september 27, 2024French Community DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday september 29, 2024Brussels MarathonSports events
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    Thursday october 3, 2024Rosh Hashanahcards/flowers
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    Tuesday october 8, 2024Gand. Flanders International Film FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday october 13, 2024Municipal electionSpecial Events
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    Monday october 14, 2024European OpenSports events
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    Friday october 18, 2024All Saints (beginning) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Sunday october 20, 2024Antwerp MarathonSports events
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    Friday october 25, 2024All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday october 27, 2024Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Friday november 1, 2024All Saints' DayCatholic
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    Saturday november 2, 2024All Souls' Daycards/flowers
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    Monday november 4, 2024All Saints (end) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Monday november 4, 2024All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end)School holidays
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    Monday november 11, 2024Liberation Day 1918Secular holiday
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    Friday november 15, 2024Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Regional holiday

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    Saturday may 4, 2024
    Secular holiday : Https://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only - lasts 2 days 2024 edition confirmed

    Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)

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    Wednesday may 8, 2024
    School holidays : some schools may work on Friday

    Bruges Holy Blood procession

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    Culture : Sanguis Christi

    Ascension

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Banks are closed

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    Friday may 10, 2024
    Banks only :

    Mother's Day

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    Sunday may 12, 2024
    cards/flowers : Probably linked with a celebration in England in the 1600s ( Mothering Sunday ). Honored all mothers in England. Mothering Sunday gave poor servants who lived and worked for the wealthy a day off to actually go home and dedicate time to their mothers. Mothering Cake , a special cake, was common for the celebration.

    Mid-term holiday (end) - French schools

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    Monday may 13, 2024
    School holidays :

    Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)

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    Monday may 13, 2024
    School holidays :

    Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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    Friday may 17, 2024
    School holidays :

    Pentecost

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    Sunday may 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday may 20, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

    Pentecost holiday (end)

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    Tuesday may 21, 2024
    School holidays :

    European elections

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    Sunday june 9, 2024
    Special Events :

    Parliamentary election

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    Sunday june 9, 2024
    Special Events :

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday june 9, 2024
    cards/flowers : except in Antwert

    Summer holiday (beginning) - Flemish schools

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    Friday june 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday july 5, 2024
    School holidays :

    Flemish community Day (state of Flanders only)

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    Thursday july 11, 2024
    Secular holiday : Applies to the Flemish-speaking civil servants Celebrates the Battle of the Golden Spurs (11 July 1302)

    International Street Theatre Festival

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    Friday july 19, 2024
    Culture : Lasts 5 days - www.gentsefeesten.be in Ghent 2024 edition confirmed

    National Day

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    Sunday july 21, 2024
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the 1831 separation from the Netherlands, as well as the formal establishment of the kingdom. Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg was crowned and supported the constitution drawn up by National Congress. Paid holiday when falling on Sunday (Labour law 4 Jan 1974)

    F1 Grand Prix

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    Sunday july 28, 2024
    Sports events : Www.formula1.com in Spa-Francorchamps - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 2024 edition confirmed

    Assumption

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
    Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 26, 2024
    School holidays :

    Summer holiday (end) - Flemish schools

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    Monday september 2, 2024
    School holidays :

    Namur - Festival international du film

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    Culture : Www.fiff.be lasts one week -- in Namur 2024 edition confirmed

    French Community Day

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    Secular holiday : Applies to the French-speaking community civil servants

    Brussels Marathon

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    Sunday september 29, 2024
    Sports events : Www.bruxelles.be 2024 edition confirmed

    Rosh Hashanah

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    Thursday october 3, 2024
    cards/flowers : Jewish New Year

    Gand. Flanders International Film Festival

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    Tuesday october 8, 2024
    Culture : Http://www.filmfestival.be in Gent 2024 edition confirmed

    Municipal election

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    Sunday october 13, 2024
    Special Events :

    European Open

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    Monday october 14, 2024
    Sports events : Https://www.atptour.com in Antwerp 2024 edition confirmed

    All Saints (beginning) - French schools

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    Friday october 18, 2024
    School holidays :

    Antwerp Marathon

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    Sunday october 20, 2024
    Sports events : Https://antwerpmarathon.com 2024 edition confirmed

    All Saints - Herfstvakantie (beginning)

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    Friday october 25, 2024
    School holidays :

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday october 27, 2024
    Special Events : At 1:00 a.m. local times

    All Saints' Day

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    Friday november 1, 2024
    Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)

    All Souls' Day

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    Saturday november 2, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    All Saints (end) - French schools

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    Monday november 4, 2024
    School holidays :

    All Saints - Herfstvakantie (end)

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    Monday november 4, 2024
    School holidays :

    Liberation Day 1918

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    Monday november 11, 2024
    Secular holiday : Commemmorates the end of World War I on 11th November 1918. The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Paid holiday when falling on Sunday (Labour law 4 Jan 1974)

    Civil Servants holiday

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    Friday november 15, 2024
    Secular holiday : Dynasty Day German-speaking community celebration