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
Date Day
1 January New Year's Day
2 January Day following New Year's Day
9 April (Thursday before Easter) Maundy Thursday
10 April (Friday before Easter) Good Friday
13 April (Monday after Easter) Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
9 May Europe Day (not published in 2020 since it falls on Saturday)
21 May Ascension Thursday
22 May the Friday following Ascension Day
1 June Whit Monday
21 July Belgian National Day
15 August Assumption (not published in 2020 since it falls on Saturday)
1 November All Saints' Day (not published in 2020 since it falls on Sunday)
2 November All Souls' Day
24 to 31 December 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.