Celebrating Easter in the Netherlands: all you need to know

From Sinterklaas to Koningsdag, the Netherlands could be fairly a festive place (maybe to distract from the boring climate, however who is aware of.) Nevertheless, not all Dutch holidays are alien to internationals, the Netherlands additionally celebrates Easter!  

That being stated, Easter could be celebrated fairly in another way (or by no means) relying on the place on the earth you’re from — so what does it appear to be within the land of cheese, clogs, and windmills

Easter dates within the Netherlands: 2021

Good Friday: April 2

Easter Sunday (Eerste Paasdag): April 4

Easter Monday (Tweede Paasdag): April 5

Easter within the Netherlands 

Easter within the Netherlands is widely known similarly to many western international locations: there’s chocolate eggs, large brunches, and even a day or two off work. 

Like elsewhere, the vacation is stretched throughout Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag), Easter Sunday (Eerste Paasdag), and Easter Monday (Tweede Paasdag). However there are additionally features of this vacation that the Dutch do in another way. 

Easter symbols and decorations

Sure, Easter symbols and decorations are a factor in lots of international locations — however let’s simply say the Dutch are a bit additional with regards to letting everybody know that it’s Easter time. 

You’ll discover that retailers, supermarkets, and tables are decked out with what can solely be described as an Easter christmas tree. Willow branches are adorned with delicately painted, precariously hung egg shells in addition to all method of cute mini bunnies, butterflies, and child animals! 

Decorations are hung like on a Christmas tree! Picture: BrigitteSchellens/Pixabay

Easter meals 

Talking of child animals you’ll discover them in all places at Easter time within the Netherlands. No, not actual ones (though lambs could also be an unlucky exception to this). These animal infants are sometimes of the miniature and edible sort — image miniature bunnies from chocolate, lambs crafted out of butter, and chicks made out of sugar.

Whereas we’re on the subject of miniatures and meals, within the Netherlands, faculty youngsters (the miniature) will typically have a day the place they bring about Easter breakfast packing containers (the meals) into faculty. Pupils fill a shoe field with elements for a tasty breakfast and produce it to class with them. (Cuuuuuteee, that gained’t be messy in any respect.) 

Easter Sunday within the Netherlands 

Easter Sunday within the Netherlands — or because the Dutch name it, Eerste Paasdag, normally consists of a tasty breakfast (Paasontbijt) or brunch (Paasbrunch) that includes the precarious Easter Christmas tree, assorted mini animals and naturally, Paasbrood. 

The key is within the topping! Picture: Franklin Heijnen/Wikimedia Commons/CC2.0

This tasty Easter bread is surprisingly just like Kerstbrood (Christmas bread). Each are stuffed with cinnamon, raisins, and almond paste however the distinction lies within the particulars! The place Kerstbrood is topped with icing sugar, Paasbrood can also be typically topped with orange peel and almonds

Dutch Easter egg hunts 

In fact, there may be the all vital Easter egg hunt. Nevertheless, beware women and gents (particularly expat mother and father) within the Netherlands there may be NO EASTER BUNNY. 

It’s the Easter hare, not bunny. Picture: Vincent Van Zalinge/Unsplash

On this nation, it’s an Easter Hare, or Paashaas. Don’t fear although, he nonetheless does his job and units up a pleasant hunt for the kiddos. 😉 


Easter Monday within the Netherlands 

Easter Monday or second Easter, because the Dutch name it, is a financial institution vacation within the Netherlands.

As the youngsters munch on their chocolate eggs and begin bouncing off the ceiling, mother and father can take a chill capsule and know that they’ll get pleasure from a day without work after Easter Sunday — until their boss is a bit een beetje dom.  

Let’s wrap up with the details: you might be prone to have a day without work (yay!), there’s a lot of scrumptious meals (fab!) and for the love of god, it’s the Paashaas not the Easter bunny. 

How do you have a good time Easter, if in any respect? Inform us within the feedback under! 

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