The Netherlands: festivals by: Dana scott

festivals

carnival

carnival is celebrated on the first day of spring to drive out the winter spirits and to welcome the summer. Carnival normally starts on a Sunday and lasts 3 days. The first carnival day is six weeks before Easter Sunday. These are the dates when carnival are celebrated: 2016 7 to the 9 February 2017 26 to the 28 February 2018 11 to the 13 February 2019 3 to the 5th march 2020 23 to the 25 February.

chinese new year in the netherlands

The day is also about food, and in Amsterdam you can eat at street markets, at the Sea Palace (Europe’s first floating Chinese restaurant) or at one of the many Chinese restaurants along the Stormsteeg and Geldersekade. In the Hague, you will find Chinese festivals in the atrium of the city hall and in Den Haag's Chinatown around Wagenstraat. You can find events in Rotterdam leading up to the Chinese New Year, topped off by a day of Chinese celebrations around Wijkpark het Oude Westen and West-Kruiskade Chinatown. If you're superstitious, on Chinese New Year’s Eve eat a raw fish salad (yu sheng) to bring good luck or fai-hai, a type of seaweed, for prosperity. In 2017, the Chinese New Year falls on 28 January. Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)Multicultural Netherlands has one of the largest Chinese communities in Europe, predominantly living in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, in which there is a range of events celebrating the Chinese New Year. In Amsterdam, head to Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk to see dragon parades, lion dances and fireworks. You can also attend special activities in De Bijenkorf department store, including calligraphy workshops, music performances and tea ceremonies, or in the Buddhist temple Fo Guang Shan He Hua.

The day is also about food, and in Amsterdam you can eat at street markets, at the Sea Palace (Europe’s first floating Chinese restaurant) or at one of the many Chinese restaurants along the Stormsteeg and Geldersekade. In the Hague, you will find Chinese festivals in the atrium of the city hall and in Den Haag's Chinatown around Wagenstraat. You can find events in Rotterdam leading up to the Chinese New Year, topped off by a day of Chinese celebrations around Wijkpark het Oude Westen and West-Kruiskade Chinatown. If you're superstitious, on Chinese New Year’s Eve eat a raw fish salad (yu sheng) to bring good luck or fai-hai, a type of seaweed, for prosperity. In 2017, the Chinese New Year falls on 28 January. Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)

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