Dutch Beer Week
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Dutch Beer Week

Today starts the Dutch Beer Week (20-29 May, 2016).  The Dutch Beer Week (Week van het Nederlandse Bier) is an annual event occurring in late spring that focuses on promoting Dutch beer culture. About Dutch Beer Week Feeling that the…
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A Liberation Pop Festival!

It is that time of the year when Haarlem turns into one huge music concert in celebration of freedom.   Bevrijdingspop! (Liberation Pop Festival) On Thursday 5th May, Haarlem hosts the oldest and biggest liberation pop festival in…
Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4th & 5th May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4th May, Dutch…
Koningsdag Haarlem
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King’s Day 2016 in Haarlem

King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to celebrate the King’s birthday. In the streets, squares, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange. King’s Day is the biggest…
King's Day
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King's Day

King's day is just round the corner, this is when the whole country dig deep into their wardrobes to find their bright orange clothes and get all the Dutch flags out for a huge and merry party on 27th April. But what is King's Day? Koningsdag…
Bloemencorso
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Bloemencorso 2016 Flower Parade

Hey, did you know that the annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is starting soon? The Flower Parade is a parade of about twenty floats and more than thirty special floats, decorated with an abundance of flowers. The theme for 2016…
Fun Fair Koningsdag
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Fun at the Fair

It is nearly that time of the year when the Grote Markt turns into a Fun Fair! Yipee! This is a great excuse to let your children run riot while you drink coffee on a sunny terrace or if you're anything like me, this is the perfect time to let…
International Women's Day
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Happy International Women's Day

Women have come a long way in this world, and rightfully so that progress is honored every year on March 8. What is International Women's Day, you ask? Obviously, we don't need a designated holiday to celebrate the ongoing strength and courage…
Box bike threat (Foto:ANP)
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Police fear for cargo bike attack in Amsterdam

The terror threat on two (or three) wheels...Dutch police warn that terrorists may be planning to use a cargo bike to launch an attack in Amsterdam during the New Year celebrations. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, police in Amsterdam…
Warm Christmas
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Dutch Christmas warmest on record

This year’s Christmas were the warmest December 25 and 26 since official records began in 1906. The warm weather means the sea will be a relatively comfortable nine degrees for the traditional swim on New Year’s Day. So, what are you waiting…
holidays
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
Sinterklaas
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Is Zwarte Piet an outdated Sinterklaas tradition?

It was a surprise that the culture shock around Zwarte Piet hit me, a Canadian and half-Dutchie, very hard. It was difficult not to be shocked and offended by what I recognize as a tradition of blackface. I always try to respect local cultures…
Intocht Sinterklaas
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

On Sunday, November 15th Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) will be back with his helpers in Haarlem.  The boat from Spain is on its the way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocolate letters and pepernoten but who and what will Sinterklaas…
International Day of Peace
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International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Mission The mission of Peace Days is to promote…
I am not a tourist Expat Fair
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with FREE tickets

Are you an international living in or moving to Holland? Looking for opportunities and information to make the most of life abroad? jot down Sunday, 4 October 2015 in your diary for Expatica’s annual ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair, hosted in…
Luilak
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day 2015

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4 May there…
Flower Parade
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2015

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…
kindness
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Did you miss “Random Acts of Kindness” Week?

Random Acts of Kindness Week took place 9-15 February, 2015. But that’s o.k. if you missed the news – there’s never a wrong moment to be kind. And who couldn’t use some kindness in their life. My favorite RAK is receiving unexpected…
Amsterdam’s Light Festival(Photo: vandaagopstap.nl)
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Video: Amsterdam’s Light Festival in time lapse

Amsterdam’s canals and city centre squares were once again full of light sculptures and installations for the annual Light Festival. A festival spokesman told the Telegraaf that ‘Light festivals are flourishing, not just in Amsterdam, but…
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Serious Request 2014: a glass house, 3 guys, no food. This year on Grote Markt.

Serious Request Unless you just freshly came off the boat or you've spent your time in the Netherlands underneath a rock, you've probably heard of Serious Request. The concept is simple: Wait till it is almost Christmas, put 3 deejays in…