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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS in Holland

There are ten public holidays in the Netherlands during the calendar year. Most of these are concentrated within a two month window in late Spring. Read on to find out about those and other special observance days and regional holidays…

Netherlands flags near Hofvijver in The Hague

The following is a list of public and national holidays in the Netherlands, plus other special days observed or celebrated at the municipal, regional or national level.

Nieuwjaarsdag [1st January]: New Year’s Day is a public holiday in the Netherlands and most businesses will be closed. Public transport runs on a limited holiday schedule.

Goed Vrijdag [2018: 30th March, 2019: 19th April, 2020: 10th April]: Good Friday is not an official public holiday in the Netherlands, so banks, schools and municipal offices are open. However, students and public servants are allowed the day off for religious reasons upon request. Private companies have mixed approaches with some closed (especially those located in the more religious southern provinces), some companies open for a half day and the rest maintaining regular work hours. Public transport runs according to the standard weekday schedule.

Paasdag 1e and 2e [2018: 1st-2nd April, 2019: 21st-22nd April, 2010: 12th-13th April]: Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are both public holidays in the Netherlands. Banks, public offices and private companies are closed on Easter Monday. Public transport runs according to a limited holiday schedule.

Koningsdag [27th April]: King’s Day is one of two national holidays in the Netherlands. It is a celebration of the Dutch king’s birthday. When 27th April happens to fall on a Sunday, King’s Day is observed on the 26th April. Public transport runs according to a limited holiday schedule.

Dodenherdenking [4th May]: Remembrance Day commemorates Dutch nationals which have died in combat or on peace missions. It is a public holiday with banks and many government offices closed. Public transport runs according to a regular schedule. Note: at 20:00 two minutes of silence is observed throughout the country, and is usually signaled by tolling of church bells for 15 minutes prior to the hour.

Bevrijdingsdag [5th May]: Liberation Day is the second national holiday in the Netherlands. It commemorates 5th May 1945 when the country was liberated from German occupation near the end of World War II. Schools, government offices and private companies are all closed. Public transport runs on a limited holiday schedule.

Hemelvaartsdag [2018: 10th May, 2019: 30th May, 2020: 21st May]: Ascension Day is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Schools, government offices and private companies are closed. Public transport runs on a limited holiday schedule.

Pinksterdag 1e and 2e [2018: 20th-21st May, 2019: 9th-10th June, 2020: 31st May-1st June]: Whit Sunday/Whit Monday (also known as Pentecost Sunday/Pentecost Monday) are public holidays in the Netherlands. Schools, government offices and private companies are all closed on the Monday. Public transport runs according to a limited holiday schedule.

Veteranendag [2018: 30th June, 2019: 29th June, 2020: 28th June]: Veteran’s Day in the Netherlands commemorates past and current members of the Dutch armed services. It takes place on the last Saturday of June. The Hague hosts one of the largest Veteran’s Day celebrations in the country, which takes place on the Malieveld and includes a flyover of Dutch military planes.

Prinsjesdag [2018: 18th Sept, 2019: 17th Sept, 2020: 16th Sept]: Budget Day takes place each year on the third Tuesday in September. On this day, the King and Queen ride in a procession from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof where the King reads the ‘Speech from the Throne.’ Many schools in the city are closed on this day.

Leidse Ontzet [3rd Oct]: Relief of Leiden commemorates 3rd October 1572 when the city of Leiden was liberated from a year-long siege by the Spanish army during the Eight Years War. Thousands died from starvation after the city ran out of food. Most schools and many businesses in Leiden are closed on this day.

Sinterklaas [5th December]: This is the Dutch version of Santa Claus and it is on this night that the Sint leaves gifts for the children. It is not an official public holiday but is celebrated widely throughout the country, especially by families with young children or grandchildren. Public transport runs according to a regular schedule.

Kerstdag 1e and 2e [25th-26th Dec]: Christmas and Boxing Day are public holidays in the Netherlands. Government offices, banks and private companies are closed both days. Public transportation runs according to a limited holiday schedule.

Oudejaarsdag [31st December]: New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday in the Netherlands but some government offices and private businesses may have shortened hours. Public transportation (trains, buses, trams) stops running at 20:00 and does not start again until after well after midnight.

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Related information…

HOLIDAY EVENTS IN SOUTH HOLLAND
SOUTH HOLLAND FESTIVALS & EVENTS
COUNTRY OVERVIEW: THE NETHERLANDS

Angloinfo South Holland (The Hague Rotterdam Delft Leiden)

 

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