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This Is THE Dutch Tradition If You Like Cold! Posted by on Jan 6, 2020

Gelukkig nieuwjaar, everybody! The jaarwisseling (turn of the year) marks an opportunity for many people to finally go get some of those goede voornemens (good resolutions) done! But for many Dutch people, it also means taking a moedige (courageous) step into cold water… Literally. Here’s all about a crazy cold Dutch tradition: the nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s dip). What is this nieuwjaarsduik? Every year…

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The Heiligdomsvaart of Maastricht Posted by on May 31, 2018

Processions through the streets of Maastricht, people coming into the city from all over, and it all has a very religious feel. What’s going on in this city? Well, it is actually a quite special, long-standing tradition! De Heiligdomsvaart The Heiligdomsvaart is an event that currently runs in Maastricht for 10 days in honor of the stadsheilige (“city…

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Dag van de Mantelzorg on 10 November Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

Tuesday, November 10 is the Dag van de Mantelzorg (Day of Caregiving). Before going further into what happens on this day: who are these caregivers? In the Netherlands, mantelzorgers are familieleden (relatives), vrienden (friends), kennissen (acquaintances) and buren (neighbors), who take care of family members, a friend or neighbor that is in need of chronic help. Basically, these are people helping others with whom they have already…

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November in the Netherlands Posted by on Nov 1, 2011

Can you believe that another month is upon us and that before we know it, 2012 will be knocking at our door?  I know I can’t. Fall and winter are actually my favourite times of the year.  I love the cold, the scented candles, the festive atmosphere and of course the food.  The Netherlands during…

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