National Day of Netherlands

national dayThe National Day of Netherlands is on the (country) 30 April (Queensday, Queen Juliana’s birthday), 5 May (Liberation Day, from Nazi Germany in 1945). (kingdom) 15 December (Kingdom day, signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1954).

National Day of Netherlands

Likewise the National Day of the Netherlands is called Koningsdag. This means King’s Day in English and as you will note that this is celebrated annually on the 27th April. Koningsdag is a national holiday in the Netherlands. This is to honor the reigning monarch of the Netherlands.

In 1885 where the origins of Koningsdag started when it was first celebrated as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day. This was done to honor the birth of Princess Wilhelmina. She was the future queen of the Netherlands. After Wilhelmina ascended to the throne in 1890. Then the holiday was renamed Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day, and it was celebrated on her birthday, August 31st.

Likewise another change came in 2013 with the arrival of the accession of King Willem-Alexander to the throne. the holiday was then again renamed Koningsdag and the date was changed to the 27th April. This is the king’s birthday. Koningsdag is now celebrated as a national holiday in the Netherlands and in Dutch territories around the world. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a sovereign state located in Western Europe, and it consists of four constituent countries: the Netherlands, Aruba (National Day of Aruba), Curacao, and Sint Maarten.

Public Holidays in Netherlands

Here is a list of the most important public holidays in the Netherlands:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Easter Sunday – first Sunday after the first full moon following the March equinox
  • Easter Monday – Monday after Easter Sunday
  • King’s Day – April 27th
  • Liberation Day – May 5th
  • Ascension Day – 40 days after Easter Sunday (Thursday)
  • Pentecost – 50 days after Easter Sunday (Sunday and Monday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
  • Boxing Day – December 26th
See also  National Day of Macedonia

Note that some public holidays in the Netherlands may be observed. Likewise see the National Day of Suriname as well as the National Day of Norway.



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