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Holidays & Observances in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small, but densely populated country in Western Europe. It is an extremely liberal country known for having open drug policies and being the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. People are very accepting of each other regardless of race, sexuality, or religion. Traditionally, Christianity was the most popular religion of The Netherlands, but in recent years, adherence to organized religion has been decreasing throughout the country. Today most Dutch people do not consider themselves religious at all, however, Christian traditions are still prevalent. Christian holidays are celebrated by most of the country, even the non-religious. They include many old customs unique to The Netherlands.


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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity