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Holiday calendar in the Netherlands for 2021-2022 year
Holland has the second (after Mexico) lowest number of public holidays in the world. However, that doesn’t stop the Dutch from being one of the five happiest nations (according to the 2019 Happiness Report). Quality over quantity, as they say! Here is everything you want to know about the Dutch holidays.

List of the holidays in the Netherlands for 2021-2022 year

November 2021

Thursday 11 November - Opening of carnival ("Karneval"/"Fasching"), on 11-11, at 11:11. (Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries); Sint Maarten's Day (St. Martin's Day: Sint Maarten, Kingdom of the Netherlands)

December 2021

Sunday 5 December - Sinterklaas in the Netherlands (It is celebrated on the evening before Sinterklaas’ birthday on December 5, especially in families with little children)
Monday 6 December - St Nicholas Day (International. The St. Nicholas/Santa Claus leaves little presents in children's shoesl)
Sunday 26 December - Second day of Christmas (Western Christianity. Public holiday in the Netherlands, Poland, Norway)

January 2022

Saturday 15 January - National Tulip Day in Netherlands (The third Saturday of January)

February 2022

March 2022

Tuesday 1 March - World Compliment Day (appeared after many successful editions of “National Compliment Day” in the Netherlands)
Friday 18 March - Engineer's Day in Netherlands (Third Wednesday of March); National Pancake Day in Netherlands (Nationale Pannenkoekdag - Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)

April 2022

Friday 1 April - Limestone night in the municipality of Briel, Netherlands (the Kalknacht commemorates the victory over the Spaniards of the Duke of Alba in 1572)
Sunday 17 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Easter
Monday 18 April - Easter Monday (Påskedag in Norway)
Wednesday 27 April - King's Day (Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten. Celebrated on April 26 if April 27 falls on a Sunday)

May 2022

Wednesday 4 May - Remembrance Day in the Netherlands (it was observed for the first time on May 4, 1946. Every year, people dedicate two minutes of silence at 8pm (local time) on May 4 to pay their respects to soldiers and civilians who died during World War II, as well as other military conflicts and peace-keeping missions)
Thursday 5 May - Liberation Day in the Netherlands (Soon after the Second World War, it was decided that Liberation Day should be held on 5 May, the date of the German army’s defeat)
Sunday 8 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Thursday 26 May - Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Ascension of Jesus

June 2022

Monday 6 June - Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost)
Sunday 19 June - Father's Day (Ńelebrated on the third Sunday of June řň Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)

July 2022

August 2022

Monday 15 August - Day of Hearts in Haarlem and Amsterdam (is celebrated on the third Monday in August)

September 2022

Tuesday 6 September - Bonaire Flag Day (The flag of Bonaire was adopted in 1984)
Tuesday 20 September - Prinsjesdag in Netherlands (celebrated on the third Tuesday in September)

October 2022

Monday 3 October - Festival in Leiden, Netherlands (Leidens Ontzet - tradition since 1886 in honor of the end of the siege in 1574)


There has been some debate over whether the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Fitr (Suikerfeest in Dutch) should be a national holiday. This was met by opposition from right-wing political parties such as the PVV and SGP. For now, Eid ul-Fitr is not an official national holiday, but it usually justifies a day off for Islamic employees. Those opposed to this proposition say that there are enough national holidays as it is. Schools are allowed to give additional days off anyway.
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