Bevrijdings Festival

On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates its freedom throughout the country at the various Bevrijdings Festivals, Liberation Festivals in English. All major cities have their own plans for the day. These are the plans for the three big cities in the north of the Netherlands.

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Traditional Dutch clothing

You are most likely familiar with the iconic pointed curly hat, long dress and apron worn by the stereotypical Dutch girl. This particular image of traditional clothing is not the only one, there are in fact countless variations, with regions throughout the Netherlands having their own signature style. And while you may not see them in the big cities, there are many communities where traditional clothing is worn every day.

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Seeing Abraham & Sarah

When you celebrate your 50th birthday in the Netherlands, the Dutch refer to this as ‘meeting Abraham’ if you are male, or ‘meeting Sarah’ if you are female. It is a tradition that honours a person gaining wisdom through experience. It is a major birthday that many look forward to and a cause for a great party.

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Elfstedentocht

What phenomenon happens -on average- only once every 7 years, has not happened in the last 17 years (it might happen this coming winter after all!) and drives Dutch people hysterical when there’s only a glimpse of hope that it could possibly occur?

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Dutch Recipe: Oliebollen

Oliebollen are a typical Dutch treat eaten around Christmas and New Year’s. They are a delicious, deep-fried dough ball, served warm, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. They are traditionally either made with a plain dough, or a dough with raisins or sultanas mixed through.

Oliebollen were part of our top 5 Dutch New Year’s traditions that we shared last week, and while you can buy them at supermarkets, bakery, food trucks etc., they are really easy to make at home too.

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