National and Public Holidays and Commemorative Dates

National holidays, public holidays, commemorative dates and other observances are established by the President of the Republic of Belarus.

A national holiday celebrates the occasion of special historical, social or political importance for the Republic of Belarus, which has had a significant impact on the development of the Belarusian society and the state.

Public holidays mark other events. They are dedicated to traditional dates or celebrate representatives of a particular profession, industry or field of activity.

Commemorative dates are associated with other historical events in the life of the state and society, or are traditionally observed by certain categories of citizens.

Observances mark the events that have no official status of a national holiday, public holiday or a commemorative date in the Republic of Belarus and that are traditionally observed by a significant number of citizens.

National holidays

  • Constitution Day – 15 March;
  • Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia – 2 April;
  • Victory Day – 9 May;
  • Day of the National Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus and the National Flag of the Republic of Belarus – the second Sunday in May;
  • Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (Day of the Republic) – 3 July;
  • Day of People's Unity – 17 September.

Country-wide holidays

  • New Year – 1, 2 January;
  • Day of the Fatherland’s Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus – 23 February;
  • Women's Day – 8 March;
  • Labor Day – 1 May;
  • October Revolution Day – 7 November.

Religious holidays

  • Christmas (Orthodox) – 7 January;
  • Easter – in accordance with the calendars of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church;
  • Radunitsa (the day of commemoration of the departed) – in accordance with the calendar of the Eastern Orthodox Church;
  • Dzyady (the day of commemoration of the departed) – 2 November;
  • Christmas (Catholic) – 25 December.
  • Day of Social Protection Workers – 5 January;
  • Day of Banking and Financial Workers – the first Sunday in January;
  • Rescue Service Day – 19 January;
  • Diplomatic Worker Day – 22 January;
  • Belarusian Science Day – the last Sunday in January;
  • Day of Workers of Land Management and Cartographic and Geodetic Service – 21 February
  • Police Day – 4 March;
  • Internal Troops Day – 18 March;
  • Day of Hydrometeorology Service – 23 March;
  • Day of Workers of Consumer Services and Public Utilities – the fourth Sunday in March;
  • Geologist's Day – the first Sunday in April;
  • Forensic Expert Day – 22 April;
  • Printed Press Day – 5 May;
  • Day of Radio, Television and Communications – 7 May;
  • Physical Education and Sport Day – the third Saturday in May;
  • Border Guard Day – 28 May;
  • Chemist's Day – the last Sunday in May;
  • Meliorator's Day – the first Sunday in June;
  • Light Industry Day – the second Sunday in June;
  • Medical Workers' Day – the third Sunday in June;
  • Day of Prosecution Service Workers – 26 June;
  • Invention and Innovation Day – the last Saturday in June;
  • Economist's Day – 30 June;
  • Day of Cooperative Societies – the first Saturday of July;
  • Water Transport Day – the first Sunday in July;
  • Tax Authorities Day – the second Sunday in July;
  • Metallurgist's Day – the third Sunday of July;
  • Fire Service Day – 25 July;
  • Trade Workers' Day – last Sunday in July;
  • Railway Worker's Day – the first Sunday in August;
  • Builder's Day – the second Sunday in August;
  • Day of State Statistics Service – 23 August;
  • Miner's Day – the last Sunday in August;
  • Oil, Gas and Fuel Industry Day – the first Sunday in September;
  • Day of Pre-Trial Investigation Officers – 12 September;
  • Library Day – 15 September;
  • Customs Service Day – 20 September;
  • Forestry Day – the third Sunday in September;
  • Mechanical Engineering  Day– the last Sunday in September;
  • Archivist's Day – 6 October;
  • Teacher's Day – the first Sunday in October;
  • Day of Culture Professionals – the second Sunday in October;
  • Standardization Day – 14 October;
  • Day of Pharmaceutical and Microbiological Industry – 15 October;
  • Day of Motorists and Road Workers – the last Sunday in October;
  • Civil Aviation Day – the first Sunday in November;
  • Day of Agriculture and Processing Industry – the third Sunday in November;
  • Insurance Workers Day – the first Saturday in December;
  • Lawyer's Day – the first Sunday in December;
  • State Security Officers Day – 20 December;
  • Power Engineer Day – 20 December.
  • Engineering Troops Day – 21 January;
  • Air Defense Troops Day – the second Sunday in April;
  • Airborne and Special Operations Forces Day – 2 August;
  • Railway Troops Day – 6 August;
  • Air Force Day – the third Sunday of August;
  • Tankers Day – the second Sunday in September;
  • Missile Forces and Artillery Day – 19 November.

Other observances

  • Consumer Rights Day – 15 March;
  • Family Day – 15 May;
  • Environmental Protection Day – 5 June;
  • Youth and Students' Day – the last Sunday in June;
  • Day of Knowledge – 1 September;
  • Belarusian Written Language Day  – the first Sunday of September;
  • Day of Peace – the third Tuesday in September;
  • Senior Citizens' Day – 1 October;
  • Mother's Day – 14 October;
  • Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December ;
  • Human Rights Day – 10 December;
  • Belarusian Cinema Day – 17 December.

Commemorative dates

  • Internationalist Soldiers Remembrance Day – 15 February;
  • Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day – 26 April;
  • National Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War and the Genocide of the Belarusian people – 22 June.