Stella adapting to Netherlands
Mother’s Day, as we know today, was founded in the United States by Anna Jarvis. She wanted to commemorate her late mother who was an activist helping families in need. Over the years, the memorials on the second Sunday of May turned into a day to honor and celebrate all mothers. Eventually, Mother’s Day became the country’s national holiday in 1914.Read More »Mother’s Day – A day to Honor Motherhood
As we transport ourselves to new places, it can be easy for us to lose sight of our roots. In this story, however, Delft MaMa Maya Levi, originally from Israel, shares with us her journey of reconnecting with her Jewish cultural-religious identity as she settled in the Netherlands. In parallel, Maya describes the Jewish festival of Chanukah as a powerful festival of conscious reconnection with religious roots.
As most children in the Netherlands prepare to celebrate the period of Sinterklaas, some of us expats can be left overwhelmed with this uniquely Dutch tradition, without understanding the history behind it. Some aspects might be shocking (blackface), others might be endearing (leaving carrots in shoes for Sint’s horse). Join us as Delft MaMa Anitha Raj, hailing from India, shares a little background on Sinterklaas followed by her observations of this annual tradition.
by Natalia Moreno The Origins of Halloween Although Halloween celebrations are very popular in The United States, its origin comes far from the American continent.… Read More »Halloween: From spooky origins to family fun
Citizens of the Kingdom of the Netherlands*, vassals of the King Willem Alexander “the first”, let your hair down, dress up in orange from top to toe and celebrate that His Royal Highness is hitting 50 tomorrow Thursday the 27th of April.
If you arrived in the Netherlands after that date of April 2016, you should know that on Koningsdag nothing is bizarre.
(*that includes Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten)
Read More »His Royal Highness Willem Alexander King of the Netherlands is 50! and we are all celebrating him