National holidays

New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaar): 1 January.
Easter (Pasen): March/April - the Dutch celebrate two days of Easter (Easter Sunday ‘eerste paasdag’ and Easter Monday ‘tweede paasdag’).
Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag): forty days after Easter.
King’s birthday (Koningsdag): 27 April
Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking): 4 May. The Dutch pay respects to those who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the World War II, holding two minutes of silence, memorial services and silent marches.
Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag): 5 May. The Dutch celebrate the liberation from the German occupation (1940-1945). This is an official holiday every five years.
Pentecost (Pinksteren): Seven weeks after Easter. The Dutch celebrate two days of Pentecost (on Sunday and the following Monday).
Flag Day (Vlaggetjesdag): June. Flag Day celebrates the arrival of the first herring (Hollandse Nieuwe) in the southern coastal towns of Vlaardingen and Scheveningen with festivities and decorated fishing boats.
Sinterklaas: 5 December. This is not an official holiday, but parents leave work early to celebrate ‘pakjesavond’ (an evening when presents are exchanged) with their children.
Christmas (Kerstmis): 25 and 26 December.