Public holidays in the NetherlandsAlmost half of the Dutch population belongs to Christianity, so it is not surprising that the Dutch calendar is also largely made up of Christian holidays.
Typical Dutch holidays also belong to the calendar year, in which there is usually a lot of celebrating. In terms of numbers, there are very few holidays in the Netherlands, which are also laid down by law. And even on these days, depending on the region, the shops are sometimes even open.
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Non-movable holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan. 1st||New Years Day||Nieuwjaarsdag|
|April 27th||King's Day||Koningsdag|
|April 30th||Queen's Day||Koninginnedag|
|May 4th||Remembrance of the dead||Nationale Dodenherdenking|
|May 5th||Liberation Day||Bevrijdingsdag|
|July 11th||Flemish Community Day||Feestdag van Vlaanderen|
|Oct. 2nd||Groninger relief (Groningen only)||Gronings Ontzet|
|Nov. 11th||St. Martin's Day (regional only)||Sint Maarten|
|Dec. 5th||Santa Claus Eve||Sinterklaasavond|
|Dec. 6th||Santa Claus||Sinterklaas|
|Dec. 24th||Christmas Eve||Kerstavond|
|Dec. 25th||Christmas Day||Eerste Kerstdag|
|Dec. 26th||Christmas Day 2||Tweede Kerstdag|
|Dec. 31st||New Year's Eve||Oudejaarsdag|
Moving Holidays in the Netherlands
|Mardi Gras||Vastenavond||March 1st||Feb. 21st||Feb. 13th||March 4th||Feb. 17th|
|Ash Wednesday||As woensdag||March 2nd||Feb. 22nd||Feb. 14th||March 5th||Feb. 18th|
|Good Friday||Goede Vrijdag||April 15th||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd|
|Easter Sunday||Eerste Paasdag||April 17th||April 9th||March 31st||April 20th||April 5th|
|Easter Monday||Tweede Paasdag||April 18th||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th|
|Mother's Day||Moederdag||May 8th||May 14th||May 12th||May 11th||May 10th|
|Ascension of Christ||Hemelvaartsdag||May 26th||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th|
|Pentecost Sunday||Eerste Pinksterdag||June 5th||May 28th||May 19th||June 8th||May 24th|
|Pentecost Monday||Tweede Pinksterdag||June 6th||May 29th||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th|
|Father's Day||Vaderdag||June 19th||June 18th||June 16th||June 15th||June 21st|
|Prince's Day||Prinsjesdag||Sept. 20th||Sept. 19th||Sept. 17th||Sept. 16th||Sept. 15th|
Royal festivitiesProbably the most important festival of the Dutch is the King's Day on 27 April. To ensure that it really remains a free holiday, the holiday is simply brought forward to 26 April if necessary, should it fall on a Sunday. Everyone in the country wears orange on that day. The evening before, there is a free pop concert for the population in The Hague. Since 2019 the royal family no longer lives in The Hague, but now in Amsterdam. Perhaps this festival will also move there in the coming years.
The Queen and the Princes also have their own holiday. Neither of them is legally established and therefore no days off from work. On Prince's Day, the third Tuesday in September, the entire royal family with their golden carriage and richly decorated entourage drives to the Knights' Hall in The Hague. There the King reads out the speech from the throne, which is politically significant in that it contains the guidelines for the coming year.
Typically DutchOften unknown in other countries, there are several customs that make the Netherlands special. For example, the new year begins on 1 January, but with a jump in the deep end. New Year dives are very popular here.
On 4 May, the day of national mourning, people "remember" - but they do not just mourn. Instead, concerts and festivals take place in several cities. And the first catch of herring is celebrated in Scheveningen in June as Flag Day ("Vlaggetjesdag") with a big street festival.