Most countries with royalty celebrate their monarch's birthday with pomp and ceremony. The Dutch, in contrast, hold a giant open-air market to celebrate 'Koningsdag'.
Here is a list of official public holidays in Belgium this year.
Here's a calendar of national public holidays in France for 2014, as well as regional French public holidays.
Each region of Germany has its own speciality dishes and variations of typical German cuisine. Here are our top ten traditional German foods to try, do-it-yourself recipes included.