Public holidays in the European Union

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

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.