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Culture

Culture

  • Dutch culture, or the culture of the Netherlands, is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the foreign influences thanks to the merchant and exploring spirit of the Dutch and the influx of immigrants.
  • Among the most famous Netherlanders, there should be mentioned a philosopher Baruch de Spinoza, aviation engineer Anthony Fokker, writers Desiderius Erasmus, Simon Vestdijk, painters Peter Paul Rubens,  Anthony van Dyck and many others.
  • One traditional festivity in the Netherlands is the feast of Sint Nicolaas or Sinterklaas. It is celebrated on the evening before Sinterklaas' birthday on December 5, especially in families with little children.
  • The Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum of Holland house the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.
  • Football is the most popular sport in the Netherlands. The second most popular sport is speedskating. It is common for Dutch children to learn how to skate at an early age. Also popular are swimming, hockey and cycling.
  • There are around 16 million bicycles in Holland, which supposedly means almost one for every inhabitant.
  • When Dutch schoolchildren pass their exams, they hang a Dutch flag and a school bag outside their homes.
  • Dutch cuisine is characterized by its somewhat limited diversity; however, it varies greatly from region to region. The most traditional dish is Hutspot – mashed potatoes with onions and carrots. Another popular Dutch course is the thick Erwtensoep, or pea soup, which is usually served in the winter, contains pieces of meat and is very nutritious.
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    Source: www.wikipedia.org