Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar. It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the Netherlands would observe so many religious feast days, beyond Easter and Christmas, like the Ascension and Pentecost. I have been raised up in Italy, the Vatican’s seat and Catholic by tradition, and there the Ascension and Pentecost are celebrated by Catholics religious and practising (not by all Catholics) but are not public holidays. Although I was educated Catholic as well, I dare to say that for more people and myself as well sometimes, it is hard to tell exactly what we are actually celebrating during the different holy days. I made a note about Pentecost, this year, in the Netherlands. And added some tips to spend the Pentecost weekend in the surroundings.
Pentecost Sunday/Pentecost Monday (Eerste Pinksterdag/Tweede Pinksterdag) 2019
In the Catholic religion, this day commemorates the descending of the Holy Spirit from heaven where it shown upon the apostles. It occurs 50 days after Easter and as such, the date varies from year to year.
Both Pentecost Sunday and Pentecost Monday (also known as Whit Sunday/Whit Monday) are public holidays in the Netherlands.
This year Pentecost is on the 9th and the 10th of June.
Day of the Castle
In the Netherlands, one can find lots of Pinksterdag festivities including markets and music festivals. There is an event held each year on Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday, Tweede Pinksterdag) called Day of the Castle, which supports public appreciation of historic Dutch castles.
Pinksterjaarmarkt (Pentecost Year Market) Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
On Whit Monday, Monday 10 June 2019, Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg organises the well-known cozy Jaarmarkt around the pond in the English estate garde. With a wide variety of stalls, ranging from Old-Dutch crafts to contemporary gadgets, it could be an entertaining second Whitsun afternoon.
The Pentecost Year Market takes place around the pond in the English country estate garden. You are very welcome with family or friends from 11 a.m.. The Jaarmarkt ends around the clock at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking the car is possible for a fee. But I advice to go there by bike.
The address is:
Duin- en Kruidbergerweg 60
2071 LE Santpoort-Noord
International barrel organ festival Haarlem Draait door
During Haarlem Draait Door, music from about 25 barrel organs from the Netherlands and abroad can be enjoyed at the Grote Markt.
On Monday the 10th of June 2019, from 11:00 to 17:00 hours.