Public holidays

Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed the whole day on official public holidays. King's Day (formerly Queen's Day) is a massive celebration in Amsterdam. Sinterklaas on 5 December is a traditional Dutch holiday which is typically celebrated at home.


1 January
New Year's Day
14 April Good Friday (not an official public holiday)
16 April
Easter Sunday
17 April
Easter Monday
27 April
King's Day
4 May
National Remembrance Day (not an official public holiday)
5 May
Liberation Day (official public holiday every 5 years, next in 2020)
25 May Ascension Day
4 June Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday)
5 June
Pentecost Monday
5 December
Sinterklaas (not an official public holiday)
25 December
Christmas Day
26 December
Boxing Day
31 December
New Year's Eve (not an official public holiday)