Special days and Dutch holidays
Published: 31 August 2009 Modified: 16 August 2012
While a number of public holidays still reflect the Christian roots of the country -- such as Christmas, Easter, Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) and Pentecost (Pinksteren) -- some days are uniquely Dutch. Here you can read all about the Dutchest of the Dutch holidays.
You can find a complete overview of the public holidays in the Netherlands on Wikipedia.
You can also read more information on the following typical Dutch or The Hague holidays:
- New Year's Dive: 1 January
An annual tradition in The Hague is the New Year’s Dive (Nieuwjaarsduik) taken by some 10,000 people into the icy cold waters of the North Sea by the Pier at Scheveningen Beach.
- Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag): 30 April
A national holiday in the Netherlands which started as a celebration of the Dutch monarchy.
- Remembrance Day & Liberation Day: 4 and 5 May
The Netherlands has its own way of commemorating the Second World War and celebrating the country's liberation.
- Flag Day: Saturday in June
Celebrating the arrival of the first herring (Hollandse Nieuwe) in the southern coastal towns of Vlaardingen and Scheveningen.
- Dutch Veterans Day: last Saturday in June
The country pays homage to veterans who served the Netherlands in wars or international peacekeeping operations.
- Prince’s Day: third Tuesday in September
The official yearly opening of Dutch parliament.
- Sinterklaas: 5 December
Not an official holiday in the Netherlands but many parents traditionally leave work early so that they can celebrate pakjesavond (evening of packages) with their children on Saint Nicholas' Eve.
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