Holiday Calendar

An overview of the holidays the Dutch celebrate and when they celebrate it. Found out more about how they celebrate? Take a look at the Dutch traditions. Want to plan ahead? These are the holidays in 2016. Here are the school holidays for 2015 and 2016.


2015


January

  • Thursday 1 – New Year’s Day (national holiday)

February

  • Saturday 14 – Valentine’s Day (tradition, no day off)
  • Sunday 15 – Carnaval
    This festival only takes place in the southern of the Netherlands. People dress up for four days or more. It sometimes already kicks off on Friday.

March

April

  • Friday 3 – Good Friday (national holiday)
  • Sunday 5 – Easter Sunday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Eerste Paasdag’ and they celebrate two days of Easter.
  • Monday 6 – Easter Monday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Paasdag’.
  • Monday 27 – King’s Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Koningsdag’ and they celebrate the King’s birthday all dressed in orange.

May

  • Monday 4 – Remembrance Day (observance)
  • Tuesday 5 – Liberation Day (national holiday, once every five years the Dutch have the day off, next one is in 2020)
  • Thursday 14 – Ascension Day (national holiday, 40 days after Easter)
    The Dutch call this ‘Hemelvaartsdag’. Most people have the day off.
  • Sunday 24  – Pentecost: Whitsunday (national holiday)
    The Dutch have two consecutive days of Pentecost 7 weeks after Easter. They call this day ‘Eerste Pinksterdag’.
  • Monday 25 – Pentecost: Whit Monday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Pinksterdag’.

June

  • Sunday 21 – June Solstice (season, no day off)
    The clocks will be set forward an hour on this day.

July

August

September

  • Tuesday 15 – Prinsjesdag
    Every year on the third Tuesday in September the government presents their financial plans for the upcoming year.

October

November

December

  • Saturday 5 – St. Nicholas’ Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this night when they open up gifts from Sinterklaas ‘Pakjesavond’.
  • Tuesday 22 – December Solstice (season, no day off)
    The clocks will be set back an hour on this day.
  • Thursday 24 – Christmas Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this evening ‘Kerstavond’.
  • Friday 25 – Christmas Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Eerste Kerstdag’.
  • Saturday 26 – Second Day of Christmas / Boxing Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Kerstdag’.
  • Thursday 31 – New Year’s Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this night ‘Oudejaarsavond’ and celebrate the coming of a new year on twelve o’clock with fireworks.

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School holidays 2015 *


Spring break

Northern Dutchies: 21 Feb – 1 Mar
Central Dutchies: 21 Feb – 1 Mar
Southern Dutchies: 14 – 22 Feb

May holiday

All Dutchies: 2 – 10 May

Summer holiday

Northern Dutchies: 4 Jul – 16 Aug
Central Dutchies: 11 Jul – 23 Aug
Southern Dutchies: 18 Jul – 30 Aug

Autumn holiday

Northern Dutchies: 17 – 25 Oct
Central Dutchies: 17 – 25 Oct
Southern Dutchies: 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Christmas holiday

All Dutchies: 19 Dec 2015 – 3 Jan 2016

* Data according to the Dutch Ministry of Education, check the exact data with your school.

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2016


January

  • Friday 1 – New Year’s Day (national holiday)

February

  • Sunday 7 – Carnaval
    This festival only takes place in the southern of the Netherlands. People dress up for four days or more. It sometimes already kicks off on Friday.
  • Sunday 14 – Valentine’s Day (tradition, no day off)

March

  • Friday 25 – Good Friday (national holiday)
  • Sunday 27 – Easter Sunday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Eerste Paasdag’ and they celebrate two days of Easter.
  • Monday 28 – Easter Monday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Paasdag’.

April

  • Wednesday 27 – King’s Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Koningsdag’ and they celebrate the King’s birthday all dressed in orange.

May

  • Wednesday 4 – Remembrance Day (observance)
  • Thursdsay 5 – Liberation Day (national holiday, once every five years the Dutch have the day off)
  • Thursday 5 – Ascension Day (national holiday, 40 days after Easter)
    The Dutch call this ‘Hemelvaartsdag’. Most people have the day off.
  • Sunday 15  – Pentecost: Whitsunday (national holiday)
    The Dutch have two consecutive days of Pentecost 7 weeks after Easter.
    They call this day ‘Eerste Pinksterdag’.
  • Monday 16 – Pentecost: Whit Monday (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Pinksterdag’.

June

  • Sunday 21 – June Solstice (season, no day off)
    The clocks will be set forward an hour on this day.

July

August

September

  • Tuesday 20 – Prinsjesdag
    Every year on the third Tuesday in September the government presents their financial plans for the upcoming year.

October

November

December

  • Monday 5 – St. Nicholas’ Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this night when they open up gifts from Sinterklaas ‘Pakjesavond’.
  • Thursday 22 – December Solstice (season, no day off)
    The clocks will be set back an hour on this day.
  • Saturday 24 – Christmas Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this evening ‘Kerstavond’.
  • Sunday 25 – Christmas Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Eerste Kerstdag’.
  • Monday 26 – Second Day of Christmas / Boxing Day (national holiday)
    The Dutch call this day ‘Tweede Kerstdag’.
  • Saturday 31 – New Year’s Eve (observance, no day off)
    The Dutch call this night ‘Oudejaarsavond’ and celebrate the coming of a new year on twelve o’clock with fireworks.

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School holidays 2016 *


Spring break

Northern Dutchies: 27 Feb – 6 Mar
Central Dutchies: 20 Feb – 28 Mar
Southern Dutchies: 20 – 28 Feb

May holiday

All Dutchies: 30 Apr – 8 May

Summer holiday

Northern Dutchies: 16 Jul – 28 Aug
Central Dutchies: 9 Jul – 21 Aug
Southern Dutchies: 23 Jul – 4 Sep

Autumn holiday

Northern Dutchies: 15 – 23 Oct
Central Dutchies: 15 – 23 Oct
Southern Dutchies: 22 – 30 Oct

Christmas holiday

All Dutchies: 24 Dec 2016 – 8 Jan 2017

* Data according to the Dutch Ministry of Education, check the exact data with your school.

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