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King's Feast

National Holidays in Belgium Holiday in Belgium. Not a public holiday.

Belgium

When is King's Feast?

How long until Kings Feast?
This holiday next takes place in 355 Days.
Dates of Kings Feast
Year Weekday Date
2019 Friday November 15th
2018 Thursday November 15th
2017 Wednesday November 15th
2016 Tuesday November 15th
2015 Sunday November 15th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Koningsdag
Summary
Celebrated in Belgium on November 15 since 1866

This day is celebrated annually on 15 November. It is not a national holiday but most government offices will close. It may also be known as 'Dynasty Day', or the 'Feast of the Dynasty'.

History of King's Feast

The feast was first celebrated in honour of King Leopold I (1790-1865) who was the first monarch of Belgium following its independence from the Netherlands in 1831.

King Leopold I was named after St. Leopold, whose feast is celebrated on this day in the German liturgical calendar. St. Leopold's Feast Day is a public holiday in Vienna, Austria.

The King's Feast has been celebrated in Belgium on 15 November since 1866 when Leopold II decreed it.

Since 2001, the Belgian Federal Parliament holds a ceremony in honour of the King, in the presence of members of the Belgian Royal Family and other dignitaries. It is recognised as the official birthday of the King.

A King's Feast with no King?

In Belgium the King and the Queen do not actually attend the King's Feast, as the custom is that they should not be seen to celebrate themselves. Other members of the royal family will attend instead.

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