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Netherlands

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

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Birthday of a Leader King's Day (Koningsdag) National, Federal, Bank, Public
Ascension Day Ascension Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related