The national holidays in the Netherlands are:

Date English name Dutch name Notes
1 January New Year's Day Nieuwjaarsdag
March or April Good Friday Goede Vrijdag This is a national holiday, but not a mandatory paid holiday and a normal workday for most employees.[1] It is a popular day off due to the Easter weekend, especially the combination with Easter Monday.
March or April Easter Pasen The Netherlands have a two-day holiday, called Eerste Paasdag on Sunday and Tweede Paasdag on Monday (lit. First Easter Day and Second Easter Day)
27 April King's Day Koningsdag If 27 April falls on a Sunday, King's Day is celebrated on the 26th.
5 May Liberation Day Bevrijdingsdag This is a national holiday, but not a mandatory paid holiday for everyone.[2] It is customary for many employers to grant a paid holiday every five years on this day. [3]
40 days after Easter Ascension Day Hemelvaartsdag The subsequent Friday is a popular day off for many people, though it is not a paid holiday.[4]
7 weeks after Easter Pentecost Pinksteren A two-day holiday (Sunday and the subsequent Monday), called Eerste Pinkstersdag and Tweede Pinksterdag (lit. First Pentecost Day and Second Pentecost Day)
25–26 December Christmas Day Kerstmis Like Easter and Pentecost, the Netherlands celebrate two days of Christmas, called Eerste Kerstdag and Tweede Kerstdag (lit. First Christmas Day and Second Christmas Day)

While there are other holidays that are widely celebrated, these are not officially recognised national holidays. They are as follows:

See also


  1. ^ Is Goede Vrijdag een vrije dag? in Dutch, on
  2. ^ Is Bevrijdingsdag (5 mei) een vrije dag? in Dutch, on
  3. ^ "Public holidays in the Netherlands".
  4. ^ Is Hemelvaartsdag een vrije dag? in Dutch, on
  5. ^ a b On which public holidays are schools closed in the Netherlands? Rijksoverheid (Dutch government)