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Last update on February 03, 2021

Living in the Netherlands? Here’s a list of all the Dutch public holidays you need to know in 2021 and 2022, as well as other important dates to make a note of on your calendar.

Whether you’re living in the Netherlands or just visiting, it’s important to note the dates of the Netherlands’ public holidays, as many businesses typically close.

To ensure you don’t miss out on anything important, our guide puts together a list of the Netherlands’ public holidays as well as important dates for your calendar.

Introduction to Dutch public holidays

There are important Dutch national holidays, while some holidays in the Netherlands vary across regions. For example, there are several regional variations of Dutch carnival in February and March in Catholic areas. However, for all Dutch citizens – and plenty of visiting revelers – King’s Day is arguably the biggest of all Netherlands’ public holidays.

It is important to note that if a Dutch holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday is not typically transferred to another day in the week.

Dutch public holidays in 2021

  • 1 January (Friday): New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
  • 2 April (Friday): Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) – only for government workers – not an official public holiday
  • 5 April (Monday): Easter Monday (Pasen)
  • 27 April (Tuesday): King’s Day (Koningsdag)
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King’s Day orange madness (oranjegekte)
  • 4 May (Tuesday): National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) – not an official holiday, however
  • 5 May (Wednesday): Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) – celebrated every year, but only an official holiday every five years
  • 13 May (Thursday): Ascension (Hemelvaart)
  • 24 May (Monday): Whit Monday/Pentecost (Pinksteren)
  • 25 December (Saturday): Christmas Day (Eerste Kerstdag)
  • 26 December (Sunday): Boxing Day/Second Day of Christmas (Tweede Kerstdag)

Important dates in the Netherlands in 2021

  • 29 March (Sunday): Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time starts
  • 9 May (Sunday): Mother’s Day
  • 20 June (Sunday): Father’s Day
  • 31 October (Sunday): Clocks go back one hour as daylight saving time ends
  • 11 November (Thursday): Sint Maarten’s Day – when children typically go singing from door to door in exchange for sweets, vaguely reminiscent of Halloween
  • 6 December (Monday): Sinterklaas (Sint arrives in the Netherlands in mid-November) – not an official holiday

Dutch public holidays in 2022

  • 1 January (Saturday): New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
  • 15 April (Friday): Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) – only for government workers – not an official public holiday, however
  • 18 April (Monday): Easter Monday (Pasen)
  • 27 April (Wednesday): King’s Day (Koningsdag)
  • 4 May (Wednesday): National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) – not an official holiday, however
  • 5 May (Thursday): Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) – celebrated every year, but only an official holiday every five years
  • 26 May (Thursday): Ascension (Hemelvaart)
  • 6 June (Monday): Whit Monday/Pentecost (Pinksteren)
  • 25 December (Sunday): Christmas Day (Eerste Kerstdag)
  • 26 December (Monday): Boxing Day/Second Day of Christmas (Tweede Kerstdag)

Important dates in the Netherlands in 2022

  • 27 March (Sunday): Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time starts
  • 8 May (Sunday): Mother’s Day
  • 19 June (Sunday): Father’s Day
  • 30 October (Sunday): Clocks go back one hour as daylight saving time ends
  • 11 November (Friday): Sint Maarten’s Day – when children typically go singing from door to door in exchange for sweets, vaguely reminiscent of Halloween
  • 6 December (Tuesday): Sinterklaas (Sint arrives in the Netherlands in mid-November) – not an official holiday

Shops closed in the Netherlands

You will find shops typically closed on public holidays; however, they also traditionally close on Sundays and Monday mornings (and sometimes all day Monday) throughout the year. Although larger cities have changed this, you will typically find shops closed in smaller towns. Koopzondag, however, means shops have been given an assigned Sunday to open.

Dutch school holidays

See our guide to school holidays in the Netherlands.

Air raid siren (Luchtalarm)

Don’t be alarmed if you hear a siren on the first Monday of every month at noon. Since 2003, sirens have been tested once a month nationwide. If you hear a siren any other time, however, it could be the Dutch signal for any kind of disaster, from fires to hazardous gasses. You should head indoors, close windows and doors, and put on the TV or radio.

The Dutch government also maintains a website with information on emergency situations (noodsituaties in Dutch), or you can also subscribe to the government’s mobile alert service to receive a text whenever an emergency arises in your area. You can also consult the complete list of emergency numbers in the Netherlands.