Public holidays in the European Union

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The European Union does not set public holidays for its member states. However the European Commission does set public holidays for the employees of the institutions of the European Union.

The holidays will typically cover the following dates of significance and movable feasts (example below is for the year 2020):[1]

Public holidays for the institutions of the European Union in 2020
Date Day
1 January 2020 New Year's Day
2 January 2020 Day following New Year's Day
9 April 2020 (Thursday before Easter) Maundy Thursday
10 April 2020 (Friday before Easter) Good Friday
13 April 2020 (Monday after Easter) Easter Monday
1 May 2020 Labour Day
9 May 2020 Europe Day (not published in 2020 since it falls on Saturday)
21 May 2020 Ascension Thursday
22 May 2020 the Friday following Ascension Day
1 June 2020 Whit Monday
21 July 2020 Belgian National Day
15 August 2020 Assumption (not published in 2020 since it falls on Saturday)
1 November 2020 All Saints' Day (not published in 2020 since it falls on Sunday)
2 November 2020 All Souls' Day
24 to 31 December 2020 inclusive End-of-year days, including Christmas

This list includes all ten public holidays in Belgium, except for Armistice Day (11 November). For Luxembourg, Belgian National Day is replaced by the Luxembourgish National Day.

See also[edit]

For information on public holidays in individual EU member states see below:


  1. ^ "European Commission Public Holidays 2020". European Commission. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.