French Community Holiday in Belgium in 2020

French Community Holiday in Belgium in 2020
  How long until French Community Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 245 days.
  Dates of French Community Holiday in Belgium
2022 Sep 27
Brabant wallonTue, Sep 27Regional Holiday
HainautTue, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LiègeTue, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LuxemburgTue, Sep 27Regional Holiday
NamurTue, Sep 27Regional Holiday
2020 Sep 27
Brabant wallonSun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
HainautSun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LiègeSun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LuxemburgSun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
NamurSun, Sep 27Regional Holiday
2019 Sep 27
Brabant wallonFri, Sep 27Regional Holiday
HainautFri, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LiègeFri, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LuxemburgFri, Sep 27Regional Holiday
NamurFri, Sep 27Regional Holiday
2018 Sep 27
Brabant wallonThu, Sep 27Regional Holiday
HainautThu, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LiègeThu, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LuxemburgThu, Sep 27Regional Holiday
NamurThu, Sep 27Regional Holiday
2017 Sep 27
Brabant wallonWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
HainautWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LiègeWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
LuxemburgWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
NamurWed, Sep 27Regional Holiday
On 24 June 1975, the date of 27 September was selected by the French Community as French Community Day. It was first celebrated later that same year
  Which regions observe French Community Holiday in 2020?
Brabant wallon  Brabant wallonSep 27Regional Holiday
Hainaut  HainautSep 27Regional Holiday
Liège  LiègeSep 27Regional Holiday
Luxemburg  LuxemburgSep 27Regional Holiday
Namur  NamurSep 27Regional Holiday

When is French Community Day?

The Belgian French Community Holiday is a regional holiday in Belgium always celebrated on 27th September.

History of French Community Day

From the start of the nineteenth century, Belgians had become increasingly unhappy under the rule of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

On the evening of 25 August 1830, a performance of Daniel Auber's patriotic opera 'La Muette de Portici', led to revolution. The performance caused a riot, and the crowd poured into the streets after the opera ended, shouting patriotic slogans, and quickly taking control of government buildings.

The moderate Crown Prince William, who represented the monarchy in Brussels, announced on 1 September that the administrative separation of the north and south was the only workable solution to the crisis. His father, King William I, rejected this proposal and attempted to restore the establishment order by force.

The royal army was unable to retake Brussels after vicious street fighting from September 23 to 26. A provisional government was declared in Brussels on 26 September, and the Dutch troops retreated during the night of the 26-27.

The Flemish Community observes a community day, on 11 July, called the Battle of the Golden Spurs, commemorating a victory over the French in 1302.

It is interesting to note that the French Community Holiday celebrates the victory of French speaking Belgians over the Dutch army, while the Flemish Community Holiday celebrates the victory of Dutch speaking Belgians over the French army.

How is French Community Day Celebrated?

On 24 June 1975, the date of 27th September was selected by the French Community as French Community Day. It was first celebrated later that same year.

Schools close for the holiday, although some businesses may stay open. The day is celebrated with free concerts featuring francophone acts, throughout the French Community, in cities such as Brussels, Mons, Namur, and Huy. Theatrical performances and sporting events may also take place in some areas.

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