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Festivals & Events

National holidays in Belarus are classified into state holidays and other holidays and commemorative days, including religious holidays. Nine of them are non-working days.

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
January 1New YearНовы год (Novy Hod) 
January 7OrthodoxChristmasКаляды праваслаўныя (Kalady pravasłaŭnyja) 
March 8International Women's DayМiжнародны жаночы дзень (Mižnarodny žanočy dzień) 
May 1International Labor DayДзень працы (Dzień Pracy) 
May 9Victory DayДзень Перамогi (Dzień Pieramohi)Marks the victory against Germany in World War II
July 3Independence DayДзень Незалежнасцi (Dzień Niezaležnasci)Adopted in 1996, in commemoration of the Red Army's 1944 liberation of Minsk during the Minsk Offensive
November 7October Revolution DayДзень Кастрычніцкай рэвалюцыі (Dzień Kastryčnickaj revalucyi) 
December 25Catholic ChristmasКаляды каталiцкiя (Kalady katalickija) 
moveableCommemoration DayРадунiца (Radunica)9 days after Orthodox Easter

Other holidays and commemorative days

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
February 23Defender of the Fatherland and Armed Forces dayДзень абаронцы Айчыны (Dzień abaroncy Ajčyny) 
March 15Constitution DayДзень Канстытуцыi (Dzień Kanstytucyji)Adopted in 1994
April 2Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus DayДзень яднання народаў Беларусi i Расii (Dzień jadnańnia narodaŭ Biełarusi i Rasii) 
April 26Chernobyl tragedycommemorative dayDzień čarnobylskaj trahiedyji 
Second Sunday of MayState Flag and State Emblem DayДзень Дзяржаўнага Сцяга i Дзяржаўнага Герба (Dzień Dziaržaŭnaha Sciaha i Dziaržaŭnaha Hierba) 
June 22Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic WarДзень усенароднай памяці ахвяр Вялікай Айчыннай вайны (Dzień usienarodnaj pamiaci achviar Vialikaj Ajčynnaj vajny)In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.

Also, there are a number of traditional holidays.

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
July 6/7KupalleКупалле (Kupalle) 
November 2DziadyДзяды (Dziady) 
moveableCatholic EasterВялiкдзень каталiцкi (Vialikdzień katalicki) 
moveableOrthodox EasterВялiкдзень праваслаўны (Vialikdzień pravasłaŭny)

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