CarnavalTraditions in the Netherlands
Carnival in the Netherlands runs from Friday, February 25 to Tuesday, March 1. It is celebrated on a large scale, especially in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg. Carnival was originally celebrated as the beginning of Catholic Lent. Carnival is a tradition that many Dutch follow, with 5 days of festivities every year in bars, cafes and party halls. It is a holiday where you can sin one last time before Lent and behave spontaneously and effusively towards each other.
Each city has its own customs, costumes, attractions, music and other carnival traditions. Thus, carnivals may vary from city to city, but they occur in every city:
During one of the Carnival days, a Carnival parade is held in the city. This is often the main attraction of Carnival. A colorful procession with platforms, musical groups and other characters passes through the center. Political themes, celebrities and other current affairs are mocked. The carnival motto is often a guideline for participating groups. A jury awards prizes to the most entertaining or most beautiful participants.