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Belgium: Flag days

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National flag days

The Belgian national flag shall be hoisted on public buildings on official days, and can also be hoisted for important ceremonies, when locally customary, or for the visit of the head of a foreign state.

The official days are :

  • 17 February: Commemoration of all the defunct members of the Royal Family
  • 7 April: Hommage to the Belgian soldiers deceased during peace-keeping missions
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 5 May: Day of the Council of Europe (created in 1949)
  • 8 May: Victory of the Allies in 1945 and end of the Genocide
  • 9 May: Europe Day (anniversary of the founding speech of the European Union, given by Robert Schuman in 1950)
  • 6 June: Birthday of King Albert II (born in 1934)
  • 11 June: Birthday of Queen Fabiola (born in 1928)
  • 2 July: Anniversary of the wedding of King Albert II and Queen Paola (in 1959)
  • 21, 22 and 23 July: National Day (Oath taking by King Leopold I, on 21 July 1831)
  • 11 September: Birthday of Queen Paola (born in 1937)
  • 24 October: United Nations Day (created in 1945)
  • 11 November: Armistice of 1918
  • 15 November: King's Feast. King's Feast is celebrated on 15 November, St. Leopold's Day. In 1951, King Baudoin decided to maintain the Feast on 15 November. So did his brother Albert II. The name "Dynasty Feast" was used during the Regency of Prince Charles. This name was erroneous, as stated by a Decree in 1953.
  • Movable feast: Elections for the European Parliament (elected by universal suffrage since 1979).

Source: Belgian Federal Portal

Ivan Sache, 11 July 2001

Flag hosting days in Regions and Communities

The Regions and Communities shall hoist, along with the national flag, their respective flag on their respective days:

  • 27 September: Day of the French Community, commemorating the victory of the patriots on the Dutch troops in Brussels Park (1830).
  • 11 July: Day of the Flemish Community, commemorating the Battle of the Golden Spurs, during which the count of Flanders, with the help of the municipal militias, defeated the troops of the King of France, near Kortrijk (1302)
  • 15 November: Day of the German-speaking Community, also King's Feast.
  • Third Sunday of September: Day of the Walloon Region.
  • Last Saturday of April: Day of the Region of Brussels-Capital.

Source: Belgian Federal Portal

Ivan Sache, 11 July 2001