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Holiday Calendar for Belgium

Holiday Calendar for Belgium for 2023-2024 year
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National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2023-2024 year

December 2023

Wednesday 6 December - St Nicholas Day (International. The St. Nicholas/Santa Claus leaves little presents in children's shoesl)
Friday 8 December - World Climate Day (initiated by several environmental associations of France and Belgium)
Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day (Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa...)

January 2024

February 2024

March 2024

Tuesday 19 March - Saint Joseph's Day or Father's Day (in Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia)
Wednesday 20 March - Engineer's Day in Belgium (every third Wednesday in March)

April 2024

Monday 1 April - Poisson d'avril (France, Switzerland, French Community of Belgium); Easter Monday in U.S. Virgin Islands

May 2024

Wednesday 8 May - Iris Day in Belgium (The Festival of Irises a regional holiday and a weekend in the Brussels-capital region in honor of the flowering period of Iris pseudacorus, which is a symbol of the region. It is also Victory Day over the Nazis during World War II and the feast of the Archangel Saint-Michel, the patron saint of Brussels)
Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe); Cat Parade or Kattenstoet in Belgium (Held on the second Sunday in May)

June 2024

Sunday 9 June - Father's Day in Austria and Belgium (celebrated on the second Sunday of June and it is not a public holiday)

July 2024

Thursday 11 July - Day of the Flemish Community (Flemish Community of Belgium)
Sunday 14 July - French National Holiday in Liege, Belgium (In 1937, the townspeople decided to celebrate this holiday in protest against Belgium’s policy of neutrality regarding the Third Reich and against the denunciation of the French military agreement with the Belgian government)
Sunday 21 July - National Day in Belgium (celebrates the inauguration of Léopold I, the first king of the Belgians, after its independence from the Netherlands on October 4, 1830)

August 2024

Friday 9 August - MeyBoom Day in Belgium (Maybum Plantation in Brussels and Leuven)
Thursday 15 August - Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu); Septennial Festival in Huy, Belgium (Les Septennales); Mother's Day in Antwerp and Costa Rica

September 2024

Sunday 22 September - Day of the Walloon Region in Belgium (Celebrate on the fourth Sunday of September); Autumnal Equinox Day
Friday 27 September - French Community Holiday (French community of Belgium)

October 2024

Thursday 31 October - Allhallowtide (The first day of Allhallowtide, observed until November 6 in Western Christianity); Halloween

November 2024

Friday 1 November - All Saints' Day a holy day of obligation (a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. And its related observance: Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. - Mexico, Haiti)
Monday 11 November - Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia. End of World War I-related observances); Women's Day in Belgium
Wednesday 20 November - Saint V in Belgium (holiday of students of the Free University of Brussels; French: Saint-Verhaegen, Dutch: Sint-Verhaegen)

Some belgian traditions

The Royal family of Belgium is one of the wealthiest and respected royal families in the world and the state is a real festival country.

There are a wide variety of music festivals in Belgium, especially during the summer months, but the most famous perhaps is the world’s largest Electronic Music Festival, also known as Tomorrowland.

Ghent hosts the biggest cultural festival in Europe, the Gentse Feesten.

Belgium hosts the world’s largest sand sculpture festival.

Haspengouw is the largest fruit region in Western Europe and after South-Tirol the largest one in entire Europe. The largest agricultural, forestry and agri-food fair in Europe, the Foire de Libramont, is held in Belgium.

It is the country with most castles per square kilometer in the world.

Antwerp is the world’s diamond capital.

Despite its name, the origins of French Fries has actually been traced back to Belgium, which basically means that they should be called Belgian fries.

99,9% of Belgian highways and roads are lit up at night.

Belgium has been producing delicious chocolate for 400 years. Brussels International Airport is the world’s largest chocolate selling point.
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