Dutch National days
of Joy and of Remembrance
Koningsdag – 27 April, is a Dutch public holiday to celebrate Koning Willem-Alexander’s birthday; (were 27 April to be a Sunday, the public holiday will be on Saturday 26 April). Please visit the Dutch Centre website for details on how to join the celebrations.
Dodenherdenking – 4 May, at 8p.m. local time, to remember all who died in conflict. The U.K. Act of Remembrance takes place at Mill Hill Cemetery, entrance at the intersection of Wise Lane and Milespit Hill, open from 7pm. Note: people arriving after 7.40 will be late.
Bevrijdingsdag – 5 May, to celebrate the end of occupation during the Second World War; widely celebrated in the Netherlands, but not in the UK.
Veteranendag – last Saturday in June, Dutch Veterans Day honours all who “fought for peace” where-ever in the world ; the Nationaal Defilé will be attended by His Majesty the King. Please refer to www.veteranendag.nl (no English translation found).
Indië Herdenking – 15 August, Commemmoration of the Capitulation of Japanese forces, marking the end of the Second World War. At the Indisch Monument in Den Haag.
Prinsjesdag – third Tuesday in September, is another ‘wettelijke feestdag‘. On this day the Monarch presents the government’s plans for the coming year to a joint session of both houses of parliament – similar to the Queen’s Speech and the State of the Union. Please see : www.wettelijke-feestdagen.nl/Feestdagen/Prinsjesdag.aspx for more information.
Koninkrijksdag – 15 December 1954 : formalisation of relation between the Netherlands and the other countries forming part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands please view : nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koninkrijksdag ; from 2008 on this day is also
Naturalisatiedag : a festive day for all who gained Dutch nationality through naturalisation. see : nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalisatiedag
More “Events with a Dutch Touch” can be found on www.anglo-dutch.org.uk.
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