National Day and feast days of Communities and Regions

National Day: July 21

Belgium is an ancient and yet still young nation. Belgians were first mentioned about 2,000 years ago (by Julius Caesar in his book on the Gallic Wars). Nevertheless, Belgium was for centuries part of a larger state structure.

The independant State of Belgium was born on October 4, 1830.

National Day is celebrated on July 21. Its commemorates the day on which Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium, on July 21st 1831.

Feast Day of the Flemish Community : July 11

The Feast Day of the Flemish Community celebrates the anniversary of 'the battle of the golden spurs' (1302), in which the count of Flanders, with the borough militia, were victorious over the king of France outside Courtrai.

Feast Day of the French Community : September 27

The Feast Day of the French Community commemorates the victory of the patriots over the Dutch army in the Park of Brussels in 1830.

Feast Day of the German-speaking Community : November 15

The Feast Day of the German-speaking Community is also the Day of the King.

Feast Day of the Walloon Region : the third Sunday of September

Feast Day of the Walloon Region

Feast Day of the Brussels-Capital Region : May 8

Feast of the Iris

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