As an expat coming to the Netherlands it might be nice to know about some Dutch traditions. In this blog we will let you see a bit of the Dutch culture.
𝟭. 𝗣𝗮𝗸𝗷𝗲𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗸𝗹𝗮𝗮𝘀
An annual folk festival, originally intended for children, celebrated on 5 December with Pakjesavond. Sinterklaas and his Pieten enter houses through chimneys to bring presents.
𝟮. 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀
On Kings Day, we celebrate our Kings birthday. Flea markets are held in many Dutch cities on Kings Day. Children and adults of all ages sell old or surplus stuff.
𝟯. 𝗘𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 ‘𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘁’
A traditional dish often consisting of potatoes and vegetables. Not only is stamppot eaten in the Netherlands, Americans in New York are fans too.
𝟰. 𝗖𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
Nowhere do people cycle as much as in the Netherlands. It is often said that the Dutch were practically born on bicycles.
𝟱. ‘𝗕𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗷𝗲𝘀’
When a baby is born, they serve round toast with “muisjes”. Muisjes are a kind of sprinkles from sugared anise seeds. First muisjes were always pink and white, but from 1990 they are available in two colours: blue for a boy, pink for a girl.
The Elfstedentocht (Eleven City Tour) is an almost 200 kilometer long ice skating tour between eleven cities in a northern part of the Netherlands called Friesland. The Dutch hope every year that this legendary tour can be organized again, but unfortunately there is usually not enough ice. The last Elfstedentocht was in 1997.
𝟳. 𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗳𝘁𝘆
The Dutch are known as a thrifty people. They also stick stamps, hand in coupons and scavenge for free products.
𝟴. 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰
A street barrel organ is an automatically playing pipe organ. The street barrel organ, called ‘draaiorgel’ in Dutch, is unique to The Netherlands.
𝟵. 𝗕𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹
A group of 11 men who organise activities during Carnival. Carnival is a festival particularly in the southern part of the Netherlands were people dress up like something else and party on carnival music.