Public holidays in the Netherlands and other reasons for the Dutch to party!


Who is this? And this? And what day of the year do the Dutch eat
this? And when do we dress in orange while the national football team is NOT playing? That you will find out today! My name is Bart de Pau. This is ‘1000 most common words in Dutch’. The course in basic Dutch vocabulary, with exercises on learndutch.org; 40 lessons In each lesson 25 of the most frequently used
Dutch words. Lesson 36 is about national holidays and reasons
to party. [THE PARTY] [CELEBRATE] [THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY] And a public holiday is usually: [THE DAY OFF] In chrological order, I will tell you now all public holidays in the Netherlands throughout the year. We start with: [NEW YEAR] The day before we call: [NEW YEAR’S EVE] But that day is not a public holiday. But on that day we eat: “oliebollen”! [DUTCH DOUGHNUT] Both days together we call for short: [NEW YEAR’S EVE + NEW YEAR’S DAY] I made a special lesson about it. The next party is: [CARNIVAL] In the south of the Netherlands, where it is primarily celebrated, that is usually two days off. But, it is not a public holiday. So it means these days are deducted from your yearly amount of days off. [EASTER] That is on a Sunday, but we have a day off
the following Monday. [THE EASTER BUNNY] And he is the one who brings the “paaseieren”. And “eieren” is the irregular plural noun
of “ei”. Dutch children go out and need to search for
them. [KING’S DAY] And “Koningsdag” is celebrated on the 27th
of April, which is the King’s birthday. And on this day we dress in orange of course. [LIBERATION DAY] Although we celebrate it every year on the
5th of May, it is only once every five years a national
holiday. [ASCENSION DAY] [PENTECOST] Here also: the following Monday is a holiday. [SAINT NICHOLAS] And the Dutch celebrate “Sinterklaas”, or: “Sint Nicolaas” on the 5th of December. Is it a public holiday? No it is not. But for children, it is the most important
festival of the year, because that is traditionally the day on which
the Dutch give presents, more so than at Christmas time. The word “Sinterklaas” looks like “Santa
Claus”, that is because the name “Santa Claus” was based on Sinterklaas and not the other
way around. [BLACK PETE] And the tradition is that Sinterklaas comes
each year from Spain with his horse and many helpers, the so called
“Zwarte Pieten”. There is currently a lot of discussion about
the fact that the main figure in this tradition is
white, who has black helpers. There is a growing number of Dutch who want to eliminate this supposed racist
element and give ‘Black Pete’ another colour. More about “Sinterklaas” in my Sinterklaas
tutorial video. [CHRISTMAS] [THE CHRISTMAS TREE] [SANTA CLAUS] Now, did you count? In the Netherlands we have 7.2 public holidays
per year. That’s not much. But it’s even less. In most other countries when a holiday falls
on a weekend day, then you are compensated with an extra day
off either the Friday before or the Monday after
the public holiday. That is not the case in the Netherlands. If Christmas is on a Saturday. Then the day after Christmas is on a Sunday, and then Newyear is on a Saturday. That means: NO DAYS OFF at all. But what they don’t have in most countries…
is: [A DAY OFF FOR SKATING] It’s actually not a holiday, but just a measure to reduce heating costs on extremely cold days (which do not happen
so often). Well, there are not very many public holidays. But there could be other reasons to have a
party! [TO INVITE] And an invitation we call: “uitnodiging”. [WELCOME] [THE VISIT, THE VISITORS] And this can refer to the “visit” but
also to the “visitors”. [TO RECEIVE] or: [THE PRESENT] Pronounced the French way. And some reasons for personal celebrations: [THE BIRTH] [THE BIRTHDAY] And this is what we eat on a birthday: “Taart” is cake. And “een kaars” is a candle. A verb, related to birthdays is: [TO SURPRISE] [THE WEDDING] Isn’t that a romantic picture to finish the
lesson of today. If you liked it, click the thumbs-up button and share it on social media. Subscribe to my youtube channel for weekly videos to learn Dutch! See you next lesson. Then we will talk once more about animals.

11 thoughts on “Public holidays in the Netherlands and other reasons for the Dutch to party!”

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  2. We have many similar "zwarte Piets" in a town called Alcoy in Spain. Maybe the tradition comes from this Spanish town. But the difference is that they help the Three Wise Men on 6Th of January. It's the most special day for children. 😊😉 🇪🇸❤️🇳🇱

  3. we have 'zwarte pieten' in my country too (IRAN). They always are men and they are called "Haji Firooz". They dance and sing different songs and because their efforts and also a new year, people always give them money.

  4. I will be in Netherlands for King´s Day in 2020. My own birthday is two days before. Have already borrowed an orange teeshirt.

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