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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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    Friday December 23, 2022Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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    Monday December 26, 2022Banks are closedBanks only
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Friday January 6, 2023Epiphanycards/flowers
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    Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday February 17, 2023Carnival - Krokusvakantie (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday February 19, 2023Binche CarnivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday February 24, 2023Carnival - Krokusvakantie (end)School holidays
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    Friday March 3, 2023Carnaval (end) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Sunday March 26, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Thursday March 30, 2023Foire du Livre de BruxellesEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday March 31, 2023Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning) -Flemish schoolsSchool holidays
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    Sunday April 2, 2023Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (cycling race)Sports events
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023Passovercards/flowers
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    Monday April 17, 2023Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end) - Flemish schoolsSchool holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Sunday April 23, 2023Antwerp MarathonSports events
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    Friday April 28, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 8, 2023Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mother's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday May 15, 2023Mid-term holiday (end) - French schoolsSchool holidays
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday May 18, 2023Bruges Holy Blood processionEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Friday May 19, 2023Banks are closedBanks only
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    Monday May 22, 2023Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)School holidays
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    Friday May 26, 2023Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday May 28, 2023PentecostCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 29, 2023Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday May 30, 2023Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday June 11, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday June 30, 2023Summer holiday (beginning) - Flemish schoolsSchool holidays
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    Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (beginning)

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    Friday December 23, 2022
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    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Civil Servants holiday

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Secular holiday : Boxing Day

    Banks are closed

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Banks only :

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Epiphany

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    Friday January 6, 2023
    cards/flowers :

    Christmas holiday - Kerstvakantie (end)

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    Monday January 9, 2023
    School holidays : Www.enseignement.be
    calendar issued by the Ministry of Education
    With numerous levels of national and local bureaucracy, the school system can seem difficult to understand. However, as Belgium is the capital of the EU, the education system is well developed to serve international and working families (state schools, subsidised or free private schools, bilingual schools, method schools and private and international schools)
    Instruction is dispensed in either Flemish, French, German or English
    PISA ranking (average 493): 502
    number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 650
    School day duration: 6:00 hours
    Number of teaching days: 185 (FR), 180 (DE), 185 (NL)
    School may open on Saturday morning
    No uniform required

    We carry confirmed dates till Sep 2023

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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Carnival - Krokusvakantie (beginning)

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    Friday February 17, 2023
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    Binche Carnival

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    Sunday February 19, 2023
    Culture : Http://www.carnavaldebinche.be/home-nl.html Drums, dances, masks. - Festivities last 2 days.

    Carnival - Krokusvakantie (end)

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    Friday February 24, 2023
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    Carnaval (end) - French schools

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    Friday March 3, 2023
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    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday March 26, 2023
    Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

    Foire du Livre de Bruxelles

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    Thursday March 30, 2023
    Culture : Https://flb.be/ lasts 5 days - 2023 edition confirmed

    Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (beginning) -Flemish schools

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (cycling race)

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    Sunday April 2, 2023
    Sports events : Https://www.uci.org/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Passover

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
    cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday

    Easter holiday - Paasvakantie (end) - Flemish schools

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    Monday April 17, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]

    Antwerp Marathon

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    Sunday April 23, 2023
    Sports events : Https://antwerpmarathon.com 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Mid-term holiday (beginning) - French schools

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    Friday April 28, 2023
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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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    Monday May 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : Https://fetedeliris.brussels/ in Brussels only - lasts 2 days 2023 edition confirmed

    Mother's Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    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 15, 2023
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    Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (beginning)

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
    School holidays : some schools may work on Friday

    Bruges Holy Blood procession

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Culture : Sanguis Christi

    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    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 19, 2023
    Banks only :

    Ascension holiday - Hemelvaart (end)

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    Monday May 22, 2023
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    Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Pentecost

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    Sunday May 28, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday May 29, 2023
    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 30, 2023
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    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 11, 2023
    cards/flowers : except in Antwert

    Summer holiday (beginning) - Flemish schools

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    Friday June 30, 2023
    School holidays :