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What are the state holidays in Belarus?

updated on 16/10/2016

The state holidays in Belarus are always days-off with most businesses closed. No formal business meetings are scheduled on these dates, the services that still have to operate do not work to the top of their abilities. These holidays are:

Belarus holidays come with solid dinners and hard drinks

Belarus holidays are accompanied by good meals

1 January: New Year (Very often to make it easy for the celebrating nation the government declares 31 December or 2 January a day-off on condition that the employees shall work on one of the days off later when the holidays are over).

7 January: Orthodox Christmas

8 March: Women’s Day (Naturally, most offices are closed. It is customary to give presents to ladies on this day, even a day or two after the holiday)

Russian Orthodox Easter: in 2017 on 16 April.

9th day after Orthodox Easter: Radonitsa (The day to commemorate the deceased)

1 May: Labour Day (Just a day-off dating back to the Soviet times)

9 May: Victory Day (A major holiday celebrating the victory of the Soviet nation in the WWII. Normally, there are parades and ceremonies resulting in traffic disruption)

3 July: Independence Day (The most important of all Belarus holidays. Vast ceremonies and parades involving armored vehicles are held, particularly in the capital of Belarus – Minsk – resulting in even greater traffic disruption, including the days when rehearsals take place)

7 November: October Revolution Day

25 December: Catholic Christmas.

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