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Here you can find information on celebrations in the Netherlands from birthday parties to Sint and Zwarte Piet to all of the “tweede” holidays in the Spring, and more.

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Five Cultures – Five Themes

April 17, 2013 | By Giselle Shardlow

As part of Nomad Parents’ Adopt a Culture series, I’m excited to share some of my experiences and insights about five different cultures that I am connected to by either ancestry or residence. In each case, there has been one theme that I feel permeates […]

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What is an Indian Ladies’ Sangeet?

March 6, 2013 | By Heidi Gill

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. Coming from two very different backgrounds and cultures, my husband who is Punjabi (East Indian) and I (Caucasian) instantly […]

People of Corn refers to the people of Guatemala

People of Corn

March 6, 2013 | By Kristen Canales

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. Let me tell you, as a 5′ 10″ white woman in Guatemala, you stick out. I lived there for […]

Zwarte Piet is a much beloved Dutch holiday tradition that makes expats feel very uncomfortable.

Dealing with Zwarte Piet

November 29, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

The holiday time is normally a great opportunity to introduce your children to fun aspects of a foreign culture. However, if you are an expat parent in the Netherlands, you can find yourself in an awkward predicament: what to do about Zwarte Piet? Plenty of […]

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Spring Holidays

May 11, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

When I was a kid I used to absolutely LOVE holidays. I would count the days until they arrived and I treasured every one that got me out of a day of school or daycare. Now I am a mommy and I absolutely HATE holidays. […]

Both Queen's Day in the Netherlands and Halloween in the US use orange as a primary color for decorations

Home (Gifts) for the Holidays

May 11, 2012 | By Ken Morrison

My wife and I want our grandchildren in the Netherlands to learn about our holiday celebrations in the U.S.A. Of course, some holidays are experienced in both countries (e.g. Christmas, New Years, etc.). However, a good number of American holidays are unique to our culture […]

Kids have a blast shopping the sidewalk sales on Queen's Day in the Netherlands

Queen’s Day

April 30, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Queen’s day – sidewalk sales, mad crowds, bargains galore and treats. What more could you ask for on the biggest Dutch holiday? Here are some of the highlights of my Queen’s Day adventures: Stroller harnesses – without these my kids would still be fighting over […]

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Holidays

April 21, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Here is an overview of the public holidays in the Netherlands and typical school vacation times. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Are you wondering which holidays are celebrated in the Netherlands or perhaps trying to discover why your favorite store is closed on an unexpected day. Here is […]

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Birthdays

April 21, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Hip hooray it is your child’s birthday! Here are some of the different ways in which birthdays are celebrated in the Netherlands. BIRTHDAYS AT PEUTERSPEELZAAL OR DAYCARE If your child attends a school or daycare, the teachers will celebrate the event at the school. The […]

People eat beschuit met muisjes to celebrate the birth of a new baby in the Netherlands

Births

April 21, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Births are always a time of celebration, but the when and how to celebrate them changes from country to country. Here is an overview of what you can expect when your baby is born or when you go to visit someone else who has had […]