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Oerol

Oerol: 10-day cultural festival on Terschelling

Did you know that each year in June the island of Terschelling is transformed into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, art and...
Dodenherdenking

Flags at half-mast on Remembrance Day

Did you know that Dutch flags fly at half mast today from 18.00 until sunset for Remembrance of the Dead?
Serious Request

Serious Request 2011 in Leiden

Henk writes: "For the eight time the 3FM Serious Request 'Glazen Huis' takes place. Three DJ's are locked up by Gary Lightbody (Snowpatrol) in...
St Martin's Day

St Martin’s Day

Did you know this week in some parts of the Netherlands processions take place for St Martin's Day on 11 November? Children walk down...
Pinkpop

Pinkpop

Did you know that the Pinkpop Festival in Limburg is held annually over the Pentecost weekend since 1970? Every year the 3-day festival is...
beschuit met muisjes

‘Beschuit met muisjes’ to celebrate the arrival of a baby

Did you know that when a baby is born in the Netherlands, family and friends are treated to 'beschuit met muisjes' (literally 'biscuit with...
peewit eggs

Frisian tradition: finding peewit eggs

Did you know that it is a Frisian tradition to offer the first found lapwing egg to the Queen's Commissioner of Friesland? The northern...
Did you know that thousands of dare devils start the new year by plunging into an icy cold North Sea at Scheveningen at exactly midday on 1 January?

New Year’s Dip in Scheveningen

Did you know that thousands of dare devils start the new year by plunging into an icy cold North Sea at Scheveningen today at...
Summer Carnival Rotterdam

Summer Carnival in Rotterdam

Did you know that the largest tropical party in Europe will take place this weekend in Rotterdam? Nearly 1 million visitors will go see...
Ootmarsum

Mysterious Easter tradition in Ootmarsum

Did you know that 'Vlöggeln' is a mysterious Easter tradition in picturesque Ootmarsum? Eight local bachelors called 'Poaskearls' ('Easter Lads') dressed in trenchcoats and fedora...