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.

๐Ÿญ. ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐˜€

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.

๐Ÿฎ. ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€

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.

๐Ÿฏ. ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด โ€˜๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜โ€™

A traditional dish often consisting of potatoes and vegetables. Not only is stamppot eaten in the Netherlands, Americans in New York are fans too.

๐Ÿฐ. ๐—–๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ

Nowhere do people cycle as much as in the Netherlands. It is often said that the Dutch were practically born on bicycles. 

๐Ÿฑ. โ€˜๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ท๐—ฒ๐˜€โ€™

When a baby is born, they serve round toast with โ€œmuisjesโ€. 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.

๐Ÿฒ. ๐—˜๐—น๐—ณ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜

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.

๐Ÿณ. ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜๐˜†

The Dutch are known as a thrifty people. They also stick stamps, hand in coupons and scavenge for free products.

๐Ÿด. ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ

A street barrel organ is an automatically playing pipe organ. The street barrel organ, called โ€˜draaiorgelโ€™ in Dutch, is unique to The Netherlands.

๐Ÿต. ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น

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.