Public and School Holidays in 2021
With the holidays and the new year 2021 ahead, it is already interesting to get those official public and school holiday dates in Belgium on your calendar.
As many businesses, organisations and shops in Belgium typically close on official public holidays, it is important to note them in your diary. The Belgian law prohibits working during public holidays, although exceptions exist. In such a case, an employee should for example be rewarded a compensation day. When a holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, some companies close on the Friday or Monday to ‘make the bridge’ (“de brug maken” in Dutch), so that employees have an extra-long weekend.
New Year’s Day Friday 1 January 2021
Easter Sunday 4 April 2021
Easter Monday Monday 5 April 2021
Labour Day Saturday 1 May 2021
Ascension Day Thursday 13 May 2021
Whit Monday Monday 24 May 2021
Flemish Community Holiday Sunday 11 July 2021
Independence Day Wednesday 21 July 2021
Assumption Day Sunday 15 August 2021
All Saint’s Day Monday 1 November 2021
Armistice Day Thursday 11 November 2021
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2021
The school holidays are often a moment of rest in the daily hustle and bustle. Belgian schools typically have five school holidays. They apply to pre-primary, primary and secondary school.
Start date End date
Christmas Holidays Monday 21 December 2020 Sunday 3 January 2021
Spring break Monday 15 February 2021 Sunday 21 February 2021
Easter Holidays Monday 5 April 2021 Sunday 18 April 2021
Summer Holidays Thursday 1 July 2021 Tuesday 31 August 2021
Autumn Holidays Monday 1 November 2021 Sunday 7 November 2021
Last but not least:
The team of Expat Centre Limburg wishes you all a warm holiday season and a healthy New Year full of peace and joy!