Easter, Ascension, Whitsun and Christmas are all
celebrated in the Netherlands. Whit Monday and Boxing Day are also
public holidays on which shops are generally shut.
| The Euromast, built in 1960, is one of Rotterdam's most important tourist attractions. It is 180 metres high and affords splendid views of the city and its port. The Heijplaat district on the 1298494835the employees of the Rotterdam Dry Dock Company. Just behind that lies the 'village' of Pernis with its skyline filled with the chimneys and refineries of the petrochemical industry. Foto Rien Zilvold |
The Queen's Birthday
The Queen's birthday is celebrated annually on 30
April. Festivities are held all over the country, including fairs and
Every year on 4 May at eight o'clock in the evening, the
nation stops for two minutes' silence in remembrance of the victims of
all wars since the beginning of the Second World War. Remembrance
services are held around the country. Flags are flown at half-mast.
5 May marks the liberation of the Netherlands from German
occupation in 1945. Liberation day is a public holiday once every five
|Foto Rien Zilvold |
Saint Nicholas' Day
5 december is Saint Nicholas' Day. St. Nicholas is
the legendary children's friend with a white beard and a bishop's habit.
On his saint's day, children are given presents and sweets.
Contrary to practice in most countries, the Dutch celebrate the
New Year with an abundance of fireworks. The first of January is a
In the predominantly Catholic southern provinces, public life
grinds to a halt for Carnival (February, March). Celebration of April
Fool's Day (1 April) remains popular, while Labour Day (1 May) has
mostly lost its significance in the Netherlands.