Public Holidays in Belgium in 2023

In Belgium, there are ten public holidays in 2023, and three of which fall on weekends.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2023, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The holiday is observed on Apr 10, 2023 in Western churches and April 17, 2023 in Eastern churches.

Labour Day
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Ascension Day
Also known as the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief in the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. In 2023, it falls on May 18.

Whit Monday
Whit Monday, also known as Pentecost Monday, is an important religious festival Christians celebrate. It falls on the day after Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter Sunday. In 2023, the holiday falls on May 29.

Belgian National Day
The holiday marks the anniversary of the investiture of King Leopold I, who took the oath as King of the Belgians on July 21, 1831. He was born on December 16, 1790, and was the country's first monarch in Belgium. In 2023, the holiday falls on July 21.

Assumption of Mary
The holiday is observed on August 15, 2023. Assumption Day commemorates the day that the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven.

All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day is observed on November 1, 2023, and commemorates all the saints from Christian history, including those known and unknown.

Armistice Day
Armistice Day falls on November 11, 2023. It commemorates the armistice agreement signed between the Allies and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France, which took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The holiday is celebrated with different names in other countries, such as Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

The following is the list of public holidays in Belgium in 2023.

HolidayDateWeekdayNote
New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holidays
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holidays
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holidays
Ascension DayMay 18, 2023ThursdayPublic Holidays
Whit MondayMay 29, 2023MondayPublic Holidays
Belgian National DayJul 21, 2023FridayPublic Holidays
Assumption of MaryAug 15, 2023TuesdayPublic Holidays
All Saints' DayNov 01, 2023WednesdayPublic Holidays
Armistice DayNov 11, 2023SaturdayPublic Holidays
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holidays

Please also check the working days in Belgium in 2023.

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