Holidays in Netherlands
The Netherlands celebrates a mix of national and regional holidays and observances throughout the year. Here are some of the most significant holidays and festivals in the Netherlands:
- New Year's Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) - January 1st: The Dutch welcome the new year with fireworks, parties, and polar bear swims in the North Sea.
- King's Day (Koningsdag) - April 27th (or April 26th if the 27th is a Sunday): Celebrates the birthday of King Willem-Alexander with nationwide festivities, including street markets, concerts, and orange-themed events.
- Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) - May 5th: Celebrates the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation at the end of World War II. It's a day of music festivals and events.
- Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag) - Date varies (40 days after Easter): Commemorates Jesus' ascension into heaven with outdoor activities and festivals.
- Whit Monday (Tweede Pinksterdag) - Date varies (the day after Pentecost): A public holiday for enjoying outdoor activities and events.
- Christmas (Kerstmis) - December 25th and 26th: Christmas is celebrated with family gatherings, festive meals, and gift-giving.
Additionally, there are various regional festivals and events in the Netherlands, often tied to local traditions and customs. These celebrations can include carnival festivals, flower parades, and cultural festivals specific to certain regions or cities.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Second Christmas Day (Tweede Kerstdag)||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year’s Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Sunday||March 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|King's Day||April 27||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Liberation Day||May 05||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Ascension Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Whit Sunday||May 19||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Whit Monday||May 20||Monday||Public Holiday|