Public holidays in Belarus

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National holidays in Belarus are classified into state holidays and other holidays and commemorative days, including religious holidays. Nine of them are non-working days.[1]

Public holidays (non-working days)[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
1–2 January New Year's Day Новы год (Novy Hod)
7 January Orthodox Christmas Каляды праваслаўныя (Kalady pravasłaŭnyja)
8 March International Women's Day Мiжнародны жаночы дзень (Mižnarodny žanočy dzień)
moveable Radonitsa Радунiца (Radunica) 9 days after Orthodox Easter
1 May Labour Day Дзень працы (Dzień Pracy)
9 May Victory Day Дзень Перамогi (Dzień Pieramohi) Marks the victory against Germany in World War II
3 July Independence Day Дзень Незалежнасцi (Dzień Niezaležnasci) Adopted in 1996, in commemoration of the Red Army's 1944 liberation of Minsk during the Minsk Offensive
7 November October Revolution Day Дзень Кастрычніцкай рэвалюцыі (Dzień Kastryčnickaj revalucyi)
25 December Christmas Day Каляды каталiцкiя (Kalady katalickija)

Other holidays[edit]

State[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
23 February Defender of the Fatherland and Armed Forces Day Дзень абаронцы Айчыны і Дзень Узброеных Сіл (Dzień abaroncy Ajčyny i Dzień Uzbrojenych Sil)
4 March Day of the Police of Belarus Дзень міліцыі Беларусі (Dzień milicyi Bielarusi)
15 March Constitution Day Дзень Канстытуцыi (Dzień Kanstytucyji) Adopted in 1994
2 April Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day Дзень яднання народаў Беларусі i Расii (Dzień jadnańnia narodaŭ Biełarusi i Rasii)
Second Sunday of May State Flag and State Emblem Day Дзень Дзяржаўнага Сцяга i Дзяржаўнага Герба (Dzień Dziaržaŭnaha Sciaha i Dziaržaŭnaha Hierba)
17 September National Unity Day День народного единства

Commemorative and remembrance days[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
15 February Afghan War Veterans Day Дзень памяці воінаў-інтэрнацыяналістаў (Dzień pamiaci voinaŭ-internacyjanalistaŭ) It commermorates the end of the Soviet-Afghan War.
26 April Chernobyl tragedy commemorative day Dzień čarnobylskaj trahiedyji
22 June Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War Дзень усенароднай памяці ахвяр Вялікай Айчыннай вайны (Dzień usienarodnaj pamiaci achviar Vialikaj Ajčynnaj vajny) In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.

Traditional holidays[edit]

Also, there are a number of traditional holidays.

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
6/7 July Kupalle Купалле (Kupalle)
2 November Dziady Дзяды (Dziady)
moveable Catholic Easter Вялiкдзень каталiцкi (Vialikdzień katalicki)
moveable Orthodox Easter Вялiкдзень праваслаўны (Vialikdzień pravasłaŭny)

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