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Public Holidays 2017

Today – 26 May 2017 – is not a holiday in Belgium.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
21 JulFriNational Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day

National holidays are regulated by the Public Holiday Act of 1974. This Act has established the current holidays as well as regulates pay and work hours for these dates.

According to the Public Holiday Act, employees are not required to work on any public holiday. If the employee is required to work on that public holiday due to the nature of their work, they must be compensated with an additional day off from work within six weeks of the holiday that was worked.

Although not officially recognised as national holidays, there are four additional celebrations that take place in Belgium each year. These are considered cultural holidays, and many people within certain districts will take time off for these celebrations. These are not national holidays, however, and employers are not required to provide time off or pay for these events.