Public Holidays in Netherlands 2024

The Netherlands will celebrate its public holidays in 2024 with great enthusiasm. These celebrations, including King’s Day and Remembrance Day, commemorate historical and cultural milestones, promoting a sense of national pride and community among the Dutch people.

Public holidays in the Netherlands offer a diverse and colourful representation of the nation’s cultural and historical values, providing insights into the Dutch way of life. Each holiday represents unique aspects of Dutch heritage and societal norms. These holidays, along with others, establish the rhythm of the Dutch calendar and reinforce the bonds of community. They highlight a collective identity rooted in historical milestones, seasonal changes, and shared values.

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.


Public Hollidays 2024

The table below provides an overview of the public holidays in the Netherlands for the year 2024, highlighting significant dates that reflect the nation’s cultural heritage and traditions.

1 JanuaryMondayNew Year’s DayPublic Holiday
29 MarchFridayGood FridayPublic Holiday
31 MarchSundayEaster SundayPublic Holiday
1 AprilMondayEaster MondayPublic Holiday
27 AprilSaturdayKing’s BirthdayPublic Holiday
9 MayThursdayAscension DayPublic Holiday
19 MaySundayWhit SundayPublic Holiday
20 MayMondayWhit MondayPublic Holiday
25 DecemberWednesdayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
26 DecemberThursdaySecond Day of ChristmasPublic Holiday
Public Holidays in the Netherlands in 2024

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Other Special Days 2024

This table presents a detailed list of public sector holidays, observance and season days in the Netherlands, offering insights into the diverse celebrations and commemorations integral to Dutch society and governance.

14 FebruaryWednesdayValentine’s DayObservance
20 MarchWednesdayMarch EquinoxSeason
4 MaySaturdayRemembrance DayObservance
5 MaySundayLiberation DayPublic Sector
12 MaySundayMother’s DayObservance
16 JuneSundayFather’s DayObservance
20 JuneThursdayJune SolticeSeason
1 JulyMondayKeti KotiObservance
22 SeptemberSundaySeptember EquinoxSeason
11 NovemberMondaySt. Martin’s DayObservance
5 DecemberThursdaySt Nicholas’ Eve / SinterklaasObservance
6 DecemberFridaySt Nicholas’ DayObservance
21 DecemberSaturdayDecember SolticeSeason
24 DecemberTuesdayChristmas EveObservance
31 DecemberTuesdayNew Year’s EveObservance
Public Sector & Observance Days in the Netherlands in 2024

For more details, see the TimeAndDate website.

Do You Have The Right To A Day Off?

It is important to note that there is no law mandating employers to grant their employees a day off work on specific public holidays. Therefore, no one has a legal entitlement to take the day off on a public holiday.

However, you can check your collective labour agreement (Collectieve Arbeidsovereenkomst – CAO) or employment contract to see if you are entitled to take the day off on public holidays.

Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.

~Norman Wesley Brooks
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