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Holidays in The Netherlands

Like the rest of the world most holidays in the Netherlands are based on religion traditions. Nowadays only around half of the Dutch people indicates to belong to a certain religion. The number of people that actually visit the church on a regular base is even lower. The holidays based on these traditions however have always remained. Examples of these traditions where people usually get a couple of days off are: Eastern, Ascension day, Pentecost and Christmas.

The school holidays were the students get one or more weeks off are held in February, May and of course the students get some weeks off during the Summer and Christmas.

When travelling through the South of the Netherlands in February expect the whole local community to be dressed in costumes and party for four days long. During these days the local community celebrates the Carnaval. Students get a week off during this period. Tourists are welcome but do not forget your costume!

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Most Important Holidays in The Netherlands

January As in the most countries the Dutch people get a day off on the 1st of January. Therefore, most shops are also closed during this day. February In February students get a week off. In the South the locals celebrate carnaval during this week. April In April the Dutch celebrate the birthdate of their king Willem Alexander during King’s Day. May During may the students get a week off. In May the Dutch also celebrate the end of their occupation by nazi Germany during the Second World War. Liberation day is celebrated on the 5th of May. June/July/August The start of the summer holiday of Dutch students depends on their region. But it will always be between June and August. Oktober In October students get one week off during the autumn holiday December in December the Dutch do not only celebrate christmas but they also celebrate the holiday of Sinterklaas. During this holiday families come together and the children receive presents.

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