April, May, and June in the Netherlands abound in public holidays, or in Dutch, feestdagen. They are difficult to follow even if you are a Dutch person, let alone newcomers to the Netherlands. To help you get a grip of various celebrations in the Netherlands in this article we will provide you with the dates of holidays in 2019, a short explanation of what we celebrate on each day, and the answer to the question everybody always is interested in: Are these holidays paid.
According to Article 58 ABU CAO for temporary workers, there are 8 recognized public holidays in the Netherlands, and 5 of them fall within the 3 spring months of April, May, and June.
Easter is a Christian holiday commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus. However, as the Christian character if the Dutch society disappears, Easter has become a celebration of upcoming spring and family.
The holiday has no set date, but it is always on Monday. This year it fell on April 22.
April 27 is a celebration of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. On that day the Dutch like to drink (excessively) and dance to hard-core music. Also it’s the perfect day to get rid of clothes, shoes, toys, books, appliances that you no longer need or use, and make some money of it on many free markets.
On May 5 the Dutch commemorate the liberation of their country by the Allied Forces from the Nazi occupation.
Celebrations take place every year, but the day is free only once every 5 years, in 2020, 2025, 2030, etc.
According to Christian tradition, Jesus died on Friday, was resurrected after 3 days, and 40 days later he went back to heaven. And that’s what Hemelvaartsdag commemorates. Consequently, the date depends on the date of Easter and is a movable holiday. However, it always falls on a Thursday. This year it will be May 30.
Actually this holiday consists of two days, Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, called collectively Pentecost, or Pinksteren in Dutch. Officially the holidays commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles, but for the Dutch it is just another long weekend, and most of them don’t even know exactly what it is all about. This year we celebrate Tweede Pinksterdag on June 10.
The three remaining public holidays in the Netherlands are rather obvious and include:
In short, yes. But there are some conditions and considerations you need to look out for:
Remember that these are the general rules. It’s always advised to approach your team leader and ask specifically about the rules that apply in this particular company.