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Easter in Amsterdam E-mail
Holiday Season
easterWith the tulips in bloom and spring in the air, there is no better place to be than in Amsterdam during the long Easter weekend (25 to 28 March 2016).
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Christmas E-mail
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ChristmasChristmas - The Dutch celebrate two days of Christmas: Eerste Kerstdag (the first day of Christmas) on the 25th of December and Tweede Kerstdag (Boxing day) on the 26th. For visitors to the city, who are more used to the Anglo-American Christmas held on the 24th and 25th of December, there is still plenty of  fun left to be had. If you find yourself in the city this Christmas, the following are a few suggestions to help you pass the time and incorporate a little Dutch culture into your holidays.

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Sinterklaas E-mail
Holiday Season

SinterklaasSinterklaas

Sinterklaas (also called Sint Nicolaas, de Goedheiligman or simply de Sint in Dutch, is a traditional Winter holiday figure in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname and the Dutch Antillian countries. He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas' eve (5 December) or, in Belgium, on the morning of 6 December. The feast celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of Amsterdam, children and sailors. He is the basis of the mythical holiday figure of Santa Claus in the United States

All Dutch children know that Sinterklaas (the name is a corruption of Sint Nikolaas) lives in Spain. It is what old Sinterklaas songs and nursery rhymes claim, but exactly why he does remains a mystery.

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New Years E-mail
Holiday Season

Amsterdam New YearsNew Years - New Year's Eve in Amsterdam is named Oudjaarsdag or Oudjaarsavond, meaning "Old Year's Day" and "Old Year's Evening,"  respectively. You might also see and hear December 31 referred to as Oud  en Nieuw, or "Old and New."

Whatever you call it, if you are celebrating  he end of a year, and welcoming a new one in Amsterdam, you are in for a memorable  party. So practice saying ‘gelukkig nieuwjaar’  and find the right revelry for you.

Citywide and Free-for-All Fireworks

So where's the biggest New Year's Eve party in Amsterdam? The city streets, of course!

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