Festivals & Events

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.

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
January 1 New Year Новы год (Novy Hod)  
January 7 OrthodoxChristmas Каляды праваслаўныя (Kalady pravasłaŭnyja)  
March 8 International Women's Day Мiжнародны жаночы дзень (Mižnarodny žanočy dzień)  
May 1 International Labor Day Дзень працы (Dzień Pracy)  
May 9 Victory Day Дзень Перамогi (Dzień Pieramohi) Marks the victory against Germany in World War II
July 3 Independence Day Дзень Незалежнасцi (Dzień Niezaležnasci) Adopted in 1996, in commemoration of the Red Army's 1944 liberation of Minsk during the Minsk Offensive
November 7 October Revolution Day Дзень Кастрычніцкай рэвалюцыі (Dzień Kastryčnickaj revalucyi)  
December 25 Catholic Christmas Каляды каталiцкiя (Kalady katalickija)  
moveable Commemoration Day Радунiца (Radunica) 9 days after Orthodox Easter

Other holidays and commemorative days

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
February 23 Defender of the Fatherland and Armed Forces day Дзень абаронцы Айчыны (Dzień abaroncy Ajčyny)  
March 15 Constitution Day Дзень Канстытуцыi (Dzień Kanstytucyji) Adopted in 1994
April 2 Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day Дзень яднання народаў Беларусi i Расii (Dzień jadnańnia narodaŭ Biełarusi i Rasii)  
April 26 Chernobyl tragedycommemorative day Dzień čarnobylskaj trahiedyji  
Second Sunday of May State Flag and State Emblem Day Дзень Дзяржаўнага Сцяга i Дзяржаўнага Герба (Dzień Dziaržaŭnaha Sciaha i Dziaržaŭnaha Hierba)  
June 22 Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War Дзень 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.

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
July 6/7 Kupalle Купалле (Kupalle)  
November 2 Dziady Дзяды (Dziady)  
moveable Catholic Easter Вялiкдзень каталiцкi (Vialikdzień katalicki)  
moveable Orthodox Easter Вялiкдзень праваслаўны (Vialikdzień pravasłaŭny)

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