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There’s a Horse in Hall! or Carnival in the Netherlands Posted by on Mar 3, 2014

Campy Dutch music blaring from the speakers. Costumed freaks on the train. Streets littered with beer bottles and cans… It’s that time of year again: Carnival! A painting from 15th century artist Jheronimus Bosch depicting Carnival-like festivities has led scholars to guesstimate that Carnival has been celebrated in the Netherlands since 1385. As the Netherlands is…

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Easter in the Netherlands Posted by on Mar 29, 2013

The paashaas is coming to town this weekend! That’s the Easter Bunny to you and me. Paas = Easter Haas = hare Easter is one of those holidays that goes all out. The big day occurs three weeks after Lent (de vastentijd = lit. fasting period) and includes Holy Thursday (Witte Donderdag = lit. White…

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April and May: Public Holiday Heaven Posted by on Mar 30, 2012

If you have lived in the Netherlands for any length of time, you probably have noticed that it isn’t a country blessed with many public holidays. Even worse, perhaps, is the fact that if one of those precious holidays falls on a weekend, the day off is basically lost. It is understandable then why when…

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Travel Related Words in Dutch Posted by on Mar 15, 2012


It is a very sunny day in the Netherlands today. All this sunshine has people talking about trips to the beach, walks in the park and yes, of course, going on holiday! Whether you are planning an exotic holiday abroad or something a little more local, knowing some travel related words and phrases can always…

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Moederdag: Celebrating Mother’s Day Posted by on May 7, 2010

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is on May 9 this year!  In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve put together a short list of words and phrases you might find useful when writing your card, or when trying to be exceptionally nice. mother : moeder father : vader parents : de ouders the child/the children…

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