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The Unchanged Dutch NYE Treat Posted by on Jan 4, 2021


Oliebollen – the tasty “oil balls” that is only eaten around oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) in the Netherlands. We’ve discussed the fried dough treats before, as well as its companion, the appelflap. But we haven’t answered the question – who came up with them, and why is it only a tradition in the Netherlands? Today, we’ll uncover…

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This Dutch Invention Revolutionized NYE Posted by on Dec 31, 2020

It’s the last day of the year! On this day, we play games, reminisce about the past year, and have a drink at midnight. Perhaps there are some vuurwerk (fireworks) or you partake in some other tradition, like the German Bleigießen (“lead pouring”). The Dutch have a greasy, sweet tradition that is indispensable – oliebollen (“oil balls”) and appelflappen (“apple flaps”, apple…

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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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Vuurwerk: Should it be restricted? Posted by on Dec 31, 2018

Oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) and vuurwerk (fireworks) are inseparable in the Netherlands. No jaarwisseling (turn of the year) without the loud knallen (bangs) and bright kleuren (colors) of the vuurpijlen (rockets) and rotjes (firecrackers)! However, this vuurwerk also has a dark side. Every year, there are hundreds of accidents with these dangerous producten (products) that lead to ernstige letsels (serious injuries), from losing fingers to losing eyesight. Should, perhaps, vuurwerk be forbidden? Or is…

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Top 5 Dutch New Year’s Resolutions Posted by on Jan 2, 2017

Let’s be honest, we all want to improve something about us. A great moment to start improving is the turn of a new year – and so many of us have new year’s resolutions, also the Dutch! We call them goede voornemens voor het nieuwe jaar (good resolutions for the new year). But what do the Dutch…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About NYE In The Netherlands Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

We all know the Netherlands, we all know New Year’s Eve. But what happens in the Netherlands on the 31st of December, and in the night that follows? Do you know? Here are the 5 things you should know about NYE in the Netherlands! 1. Vuurwerk. Everywhere! The most popular and striking feature of NYE in…

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