PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN
BELGIUM

 

The following is a sample illustration of the schedule of public holidays in Belgium in the Gregorian calendar and in the Aristean calendar:

 

MTH

DATE

HOLIDAY

GRE-

GORIAN

ARISTEAN

PRE-

SENCE

DAY

(DATE)

HOLI-DAYS

JAN

1

New Year’s Day

Yes

Yes

Mon (1)

1

FEB

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

APR

?
?

Good Friday (Fri)
Easter Monday (Mon)

Yes
Yes

No
No



 

MAY

1

22
23

?

Labor Day

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Ascension Thursday (Thu)

Yes

No
No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Thu (1)

Thu (22)
Fri (23)

3

JUN

?

31

Whit Monday (Mon)

Leap Year Day

Yes

No

No

Yes

 

LYD (31)

1

JUL

21

National Day

Yes

Yes

Sun (21)

1

AUG

15

17
19
20

Assumption

Crucifixion Day
Resurrection Eve
Resurrection Day

Yes

No
No

No

No

Yes
Yes
Yes

 

Sat (17)
Mon (19)
Tue (20)

2

SEP

16

30

Assumption

Ascension

No

No

Yes

Yes

Sun (16)

Sun (30)

2

OCT

1

Whit Monday

No

Yes

Mon (1)

1

NOV

1

2

11

15

All Saints?Day

All Souls?Day

Armistice Day

King’s Birthday

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Thu (1)

Fri (2)

Sun (11)

Thu (15)

4

DEC

25

26
31

Christmas Day
Boxing Day

World Peace Day

Yes
Yes

No

No
No

Yes



WPD (31)

1

TOTAL

14

16

 

16

 

Please note:

  1. A ? in the DATE column indicates that the date when the holiday is observed in the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year.
  2. The public holidays in the Aristean calendar have fixed dates and day of week.
  3. There are fourteen (14) public holidays per year in the Gregorian calendar.
  4. There are fifteen (15) public holidays per year in the Aristean calendar in common years and sixteen (16) in leap years.?The sixteenth is Leap Year Day.
  5. Crucifixion Day, August 17, Saturday replaces Good Friday; Resurrection Day, August 20, Tuesday replaces Easter Monday.?Crucifixion Day and Resurrection Eve is equivalent to only one public holiday.?Since Crucifixion Day falls on a Saturday, the Monday following it is declared as public holiday in lieu of the Saturday holiday.
  6. Christmas Day is presently observed on December 25 but in the Aristean calendar, it will be observed on its correct date, May 23, a Friday.? Christmas Eve, May 22, Thursday replaces the December 26 Boxing Day holiday.?This gives a four-day-long weekend (May 22-25).
  7. World Peace Day, December 31, a no-weekday, is observed as a holiday worldwide.?This gives a four-day-long weekend, December 29, Saturday; December 30, Sunday; December 31, World Peace Day; and January 1, New Year’s Day.
  8. Every leap year, a holiday worldwide is observed when the leap day is inserted or intercalated into the calendar to keep the calendar in step with the seasons.?This is held on June 31, a no-weekday, giving a three-day long weekend: June 29, Saturday; June 30, Sunday; and June 31, the no-weekday Leap Year Day holiday.
  9. Whit Monday is the Monday after the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating Pentecost.?Actually, the 40th day from the resurrection of Jesus is on September 30 in the Aristean and is the ascension of Jesus to Heaven.?The next day after the ascension was the Festival of Tabernacles or Shelter of the Jews.?The speaking in tongues happened during this pilgrim festival and not during Pentecost.?Hence, Whit Monday could be celebrated on October 1.
  10. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption of the title as “Queen of Heaven and Earth?happened when Jesus took her up to Heaven on September 16, hence the celebration on this date.
  11. All holidays are subject to government regulations.

If you have any questions about these public holidays in Belgium or about the Aristean calendar, please post them in the public forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aristeancalendar. ?#060;/span>

 

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