The public holidays of 2024 in Belgium

Wettelijke feestdagen van 2024 in België

An extra day at home on top of your statutory vacation days? Yep, with the public holidays in Belgium, we add just 10 extra days off to your standard leave. Do you know them all? We’re happy to list them for you so you can block them off in your calendar right away.

The 10 Public Holidays of 2024

  1. New Year's Day: Monday, January 1, 2024
  2. Easter Monday: Monday, April 1, 2024
  3. Labor Day: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
  4. Ascension Day: Thursday, May 9, 2024
  5. Whit Monday: Monday, May 20, 2024
  6. National Day: Sunday, July 21, 2024
  7. Assumption Day: Thursday, August 15, 2024
  8. All Saints' Day: Friday, November 1, 2024
  9. Armistice Day: Monday, November 11, 2024
  10. Christmas: Wednesday, December 25, 2024

Holidays that coincide with a Sunday or another non-working day in your organization are moved to another date. In some companies, you can choose when to take this holiday, while in others these replacement days are collectively decided. Not entirely sure? Check with your supervisor or HR representative.

School Holidays 2024

Holidays are sometimes also linked to school vacations. Do you have school-aged children? Mark these weeks in your calendar:

  • Carnival Break: Monday, February 12, 2024 - Sunday, February 18, 2024
  • Easter Break: Monday, April 1, 2024 - Sunday, April 14, 2024
  • Summer Vacation: Monday, July 1 – Sunday, September 1, 2024
  • Autumn Break: Monday, October 28 – Sunday, November 3, 2024

Public Holidays Are a Nice Extra

Each of these public holidays has its own charm and significance, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy some free time. For employers, however, it is a moment to keep a close eye on planning. Such an extra day off obviously impacts productivity and deadlines.

Different for Each Employer or Sector

Public holidays can also pose challenges in the workplace, for instance in sectors such as healthcare and hospitality where work continues 24/7. In these cases, there are often special arrangements or bonuses to compensate employees.

To Enjoy or to Earn Extra

Whether you're looking forward to a long weekend away, just an extra day to sleep in, or prefer to earn a little extra money? How you spend the public holidays is entirely up to you.