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Holiday calendar in the Netherlands for 2022-2023 year
Holland has the second (after Mexico) lowest number of public holidays in the world. However, that doesnít 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. Help us Help us 

List of the holidays in the Netherlands for 2022-2023 year

August 2022

Monday 15 August - Day of Hearts or Hertjesdag 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 or Budget Day (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)

November 2022

Friday 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 2022

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

January 2023

Saturday 21 January - National Tulip Day in Netherlands (The third Saturday of January)

February 2023

Tuesday 21 February - National Pancake Day in Netherlands (Nationale Pannenkoekdag - Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)

March 2023

Wednesday 1 March - World Compliment Day (appeared after many successful editions of ďNational Compliment DayĒ in the Netherlands)

April 2023

Saturday 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 9 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Easter
Monday 10 April - Easter Monday (Påskedag in Norway)
Thursday 27 April - King's Day (Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten. Celebrated on April 26 if April 27 falls on a Sunday)

May 2023

Thursday 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)
Friday 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 armyís defeat)
Sunday 14 May - Motherís 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 18 May - Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Ascension of Jesus
Monday 29 May - Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost)

June 2023

Sunday 4 June - Grandparents and Great-Grandparents Day in Netherlands (Opa en Oma Dag has been celebrated since 2004)
Sunday 18 June - Father's Day (—elebrated on the third Sunday of June ÝÚ 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 2023

August 2023

Sunday 6 August - Clown Day in Netherlands (In Netherlands, they call it Internationale clown dag)


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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