Its more fun in the Netherlands

Published:  6 Jul at 6 PM
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The growing popularity of the Netherlands with younger expats isn’t only down to its startup opportunities.

All work and no play makes the average expat professional a very dull person but, for those living and working in Netherlands, there’s plenty of festivals and events to banish the boredom of the daily grind. The epic Dutch pop festivals are famous across Europe but, for those more suited to less extravagant celebrations, there’s also a long list of unmissable events celebrating the country’s cultural and historic events.

One of the most popular is the April 27 King’s Day, celebrated all across the country as a follow up to King’s Night the previous evening. Everyone dresses up in orange-coloured outfits, with the evening event known for its street parties and the following day is best for its parades and festive get-togethers. Remembrance Day and Liberation Day take place May 4th and 5th, commemorating the Netherlands’ freedom from the Nazi occupation during WWII. Serious ceremonies come first in remembrance of the millions who lost their lives during the war, followed by street parties and pop concerts on a massive scale.

National Mill Day kicks off on the second weekend in May and celebrates the picture-postcard mill the country’s famous for. They’re not just curiosities fromolder times – they still play their part in battles against the encroaching sea. The Netherlands has over a thousand windmills, with the oldest dating from the 15th century. Whit Monday is the Day of the Castle, celebrating the 120 or more historic castles, stately homes and country houses scattered across the country. All are open to the public on the day, with private residences allowing visitors to view their architectural beauty and historic significance.

Similarly, Open Tower Day in March sees Amsterdam’s normally closed treasures allowing the general public access to architectural wonders and their contents. For lovers of the Netherlands’ most famous flowers, the 15th century Keukenhof garden is 32 hectares of magnificent tulips in full bloom between March and May.
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