Celebrating Kingsday

Every country has its own national holiday(s). In the Netherlands, we have King’s Day, or in Dutch: Koningsdag. It is a big celebration and the whole country joins. If you’re an international, it’s quite an experience. If you also want to celebrate Koningsdag (which you should!), read this article to be prepared.   What is... Continue Reading →

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What’s up with this no-curtain policy in Dutch homes?

You might have noticed, while strolling through the city streets at dusk, that many Dutch homes leave their entire interior open for the passer-by to admire. Depending on the type of neighbourhood you’re in, you might find that the Dutch either don’t own curtains or don’t pull them in front of their windows, allowing you... Continue Reading →

Night of Light in Domkerk

Have you ever walked through the centre on a Saturday night and seen people giving out candles and if so, do you know what that was for? Every third Saturday of the month the Night of Light is organised in Utrecht’s beautiful Dom Church. As you walk in, candle lights are twinkling, light music can... Continue Reading →

Get to know our typical Dutch traditions!

After at least 5 hilarious moments with international friends about some typical Dutch things I realised we are not as normal as we think we are. Dutch people are known to be relaxed and direct. And of course about the fact that we shamelessly try to save money in every situation. But besides these characterial things we have many other traditions.

What to do on Valentine’s Day?

Some love it, some hate it, but it’s hard to ignore; on Sunday February 14th, it’s Valentine’s Day. In the year 496 Pope Gelasius I declared this date to be the day of Saint Valentine, but in the Netherlands it wasn’t celebrated until the nineties (if you want to read all about celebrating Valentine's Day... Continue Reading →

Liberation Day: Celebrate Freedom

What do we celebrate? Liberation Day marks the end of the occupation of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany during World War II. On the 5th of May exactly seventy years ago, a Canadian general and a German commander in chief reached an agreement and signed a capitulation document in Wageningen. Even though World War II... Continue Reading →

All Hail the King!!

I hope orange is your color, because Holland is getting ready for one of the most popular Dutch festivities of the year: King’s Day!!! On the 27th of April the country turns orange and everyone goes out to celebrate the birthday of our king, Willem-Alexander. Before Willem-Alexander became king, this national holiday was known as... Continue Reading →

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