Kerstfeest (Christmas in Holland)
Xmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.
Oud en Nieuw (Dutch New Year)
New Year in the Netherlands consists of New Year’s Eve on December 31 and New Year’s Day, a public holiday, on January 1. The Dutch celebrate it much the same as in many other Western countries, but there are a few special treats unique to the Netherlands, such as 'oliebollen' and 'appelflappen' that are certainly worth trying.
Pasen (Dutch Easter)
The Netherlands has a history as a Christian nation, and follows the Christian holiday calender. Easter, a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, is celebrated much in the same way as in other Christian countries. You’ll find the same penchant for chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts in Holland, but there are a few Easter traditions unique to the Netherlands.
On April 30, Holland erups into one giant orange-clad street party. The excuse? To celebrate the Queen's birthday. Welcome to Orange Madness!
In a feast similar to American Halloween, small Dutch children take to the streets on November 11 with flickering little lanterns to sing songs and recite poems. As a reward for their efforts, the kids receive candy and sweet treats.
St. Nicholas Eve -- The Story of Sinterklaas
The Dutch celebrate the feast day of Sinterklaas on Dec. 5 and 6 to commemorate the life of St. Nicholas.
Valentine's Day Menu Ideas
The Dutch don't fully embrace Valentine's Day. Many see it as a commercial import, or overly fake and cheesy. However, the holiday is gaining ground here and I, for one, am no Valentine's Day grouch. What's not to love about a day that celebrates love?
Easter Menu Ideas
'Pasen', the Dutch name for Easter comes from the Hebrew 'Pesach'. The Dutch celebrate the spring time feast in much the same way as other countries with a Christian tradition, but place a strong emphasis on an extended Easter brunch with fruit and almond paste filled bread, rolls and luxurious toppings.
10 Dutch Holiday Treats
The feast days in the Netherlands are dominated by sweet treats and cookies that contain ingredients like spices, white flour, dried fruit, almonds and sugar. In days gone by, these goodies used to be extremely expensive, which is why their use was reserved for special holidays and parties. Nowadays, of course, we tend to eat speculaas ...
10 Dutch Appetizers
These delicious Dutch appetizer and savory snack recipes are ideal for everyday entertaining, parties and holiday get-togethers. Prepare in advance, so you can feed the hungry hordes without getting stuck in the kitchen yourself.
Favorite Dutch Foodie Finds 2012
Our 2012 list of favorite foodie finds might inspire you this holiday season with great gourmet gifts from the Netherlands.
Looking for that great gourmet gift from Holland? This list of my favorite foodie finds should help you on your way this holiday season.