Festivals in the Netherlands

Feest in Nederland

Festivals in the Netherlands

This cheerful family presentation tells you all about the festivals that are celebrated in the Netherlands. There are quite a few! Some festivals date back centuries, while others are more recent, having been brought to the Netherlands from other countries by newcomers. All the festivals we celebrate are shown as balloons hanging from the ceiling. They include religious and other festivals that originate from all the religions and cultures present in the Netherlands.


You can get involved in an activity with your parents, grandparents or friends.
•    Prepare food for a festival.
•    Decorate a room for a festival.
•    Play a part in a festival story. This will be recorded and you can watch it again at home. >> Watch your film
•    Learn a special festival dance in our dancing game.

This activity is available on:
•    Wednesday afternoons from 1.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
•    Saturdays, Sundays and official public holidays, as well as during official school holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Festivals in the Netherlands is also a fun school project for children in the fourth to eighth years of primary education. Pupils will discover which festivals we celebrate in the Netherlands and why. 

What you can do

Festive food
The food changes depending on the time of year and the festival being celebrated around that time.

Festive living room
Several children were interviewed to come up with the design for the living room. Sil celebrates Christmas, Jabir celebrates Sugar Feast (Eid al-Fitr), Migal celebrates Passover, Louisa celebrates Chinese New Year and Shanita celebrates Divali. For all these festivals their houses are decorated and a festive table is often laid. Here families are given the task of putting out the right items for the right festival in the living room.

Festive story table
At the digital story table stories relating to celebrations such as Easter, the Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha) and Holi can be played out. The roles are divided up: one person is the narrator, while another does the voices and two people position the figures. Through your headphones you will be given instructions, which will also be visible on a flat screen. This is the play area. Everything is recorded and using a code you will be able to watch your story at http://feestverhalen.openluchtmuseum.nl.

Dancing game
During the dancing game you will be taught a Keti Koti dance by a (digital) Surinamese woman, a dance for the Holi festival by a Hindu woman and will also be able to dance with a real Carnival Prince. The dance students stand in front of a screen and find themselves facing life-size women who respond to their movements via a Kinect motion-sensing device. Are you doing it right? Then you can try out an extra move. Otherwise you’ll have to do it again! The dancing game is accompanied by lively festive music.
A master of ceremonies is always on hand to help you and provide information on the festivals we celebrate in the Netherlands.

Videos festivals

FEEST! Weet wat je viert - Orthodox Pasen

FEEST! Weet wat je viert - Chinees nieuwjaar


FEEST! Weet wat je viert - Suikerfeest

FEEST! Het Paasverhaal



Festivals in the Netherlands

What do we celebrate and how?
Activiteit datum

Elke woensdag van 13.15 tot 16.30 uur. Elke zaterdag en zondag van 10.00-16.30 uur.

Aantal personen
Several (family) groups at a time
Children (aged 4 to 12) with parents or supervisors.