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Bone of ‘St. Nicholas’ from Antalya buried in Amsterdam



The “sacred bone fragment”, which is said to have been taken from the skeleton of the Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas (Saint Nicholas), or commonly known as Santa Claus, located in the Demre district of Antalya, was buried in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

The bone of St. Nicholas, the “Past Patron” of Amsterdam, which was gifted by the Egmond St. Adalbert Monastery in the north of the Netherlands, was placed in a special section in the Basilica of St. Nicholas opposite Amsterdam Central Station.

Saint Nicholas, known for his generosity and unrequited help, was buried in the church named after him in Myra after he died on December 6, 343.

According to the news in the BBC Turkish, after the Turks entered Anatolia, their bones were taken out of the grave by Italian sailors in 1087 and taken to the city of Bari. Some of these bones were also brought to Egmond Abbey in the Netherlands.

Pathologists examining the bone fragment determined that it really belonged to a human who lived more than a thousand years ago. The remains are thought to be part of the jaw or scapula.

The abbey in Egmond, upon request from Amsterdam, decided to present the bone fragment as a gift. Because Nikolas is the patron saint of Amsterdam.

According to Rob Polet, the deacon of Saint Nicholas Basilica, Nikolas, who comes to the Netherlands as a representative every year in mid-November, also came to Amsterdam, where he was really his protector this time.


Known as the protector of children, sailors and young girls, Santa Claus is known as the “miracle creator” for his unrequited help and making life easier for people in need.

His generosity and unconditional help gradually led to his reputation. He was canonized by the church in 550.


It is no accident that the ceremony is held on December 5. Because this day has been celebrated as Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) Children’s Day for centuries in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of Germany.

St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas), who came to the Netherlands by steamship in mid-November, travels all over the country, distributing cinnamon cookies, marshmallows and tangerines.

On December 5, called the “gift evening” (Pakjesavond), the children return to Myra by leaving the gifts they deserve in return for being good and studying for 1 year.

The Dutch children put the pictures they made for Sinterklaas and the letter containing the gift list, and the candy and carrots they prepared for Amerigo, the horse in their shoes. These shoes are left in front of the fireplace or the entrance door of the house.

A member of the family or one of the neighbors leaves the sack containing the previously prepared gift packages at the door, rings the bell and runs away. Meanwhile, another family resident receives the letter, picture, candy or carrot inside the shoe. Excitedly running to the door, the children encounter a bag full of gifts and a letter from St. Nicholas’ mouth.

The Dutch who went to this country after the discovery of America continued their Sinterklaas celebrations there. According to a popular belief, the character of Hollywood’s “Santa Claus” was inspired by the celebration of Sinterklaas.

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Getting married in the Netherlands: All information for your dream wedding in the Netherlands



Getting married in the Netherlands

Getting married in the Netherlands means having a wonderful ceremony on the beach or on a large sailing ship in the middle of the sea. That’s why we want to recommend Holland to you to get married.

We’ll tell you everything you need to have a dream wedding there.

How to get married in the Netherlands

In Holland you can have both a civil and a church wedding. However, only the civil marriage is legally valid. In addition, one of you must be Dutch or have your domicile or habitual residence in the Netherlands. Otherwise it is not possible to get married in Holland.

Where to get married in the Netherlands

Whether it’s romantic in the lighthouse with a view of the sea, on a sailing boat trip on the sea or directly on the beach with your feet in the sand – Holland also offers you wonderful places to get married outside of the registry office, because the registry officials come everywhere.

When is the best time to get married in the Netherlands?

From June to August you have the best weather conditions for your wedding in Holland.

You need these documents for a wedding in the Netherlands

Valid passports or ID cards
International birth certificates (you can get them at the registration office of your place of birth)
Extract from the population register or proof of Dutch nationality
An international marriage certificate (you can get this from the registry office in your municipality)
If divorced: final, certified divorce decree
If widowed: certified death certificate

Foreigners must also regularly present a certificate from the Dutch immigration authorities (vreemdelingendienst) to the police when ordering a riot police, in accordance with the law on the prevention of sham marriages, which has been in force in the Netherlands since the end of 1994.

The application form (M46 form) for this certificate will not be submitted until all the above documents are received. The form does not have to be submitted if the foreign partner in question has a permanent residence permit in the Netherlands, or both partners live abroad for an indefinite period of time, or the foreign partner in question is an EU citizen and is registered in the Netherlands (in the GBA).

Magical Dutch wedding customs

In Holland it is not bad luck if the groom sees his bride before the wedding. Because in the Netherlands it is customary for the groom to personally pick up the bride at home before the wedding and give her the bridal bouquet. Then the two drive together to the church or to the registry office.

At the wedding celebration, a wedding tree, which usually consists of a large branch, is set up next to the bridal couple. In addition, all guests receive a pretty ribbon, pen and piece of paper to write down wishes for the bridal couple and then attach them to the wedding tree. Thus, the tree visually receives leaves consisting of affectionate wishes.

After the wedding, the bridal couple plants lilies of the valley around their house, because the flowers bloom every year and so the love of the bridal couple should bloom again every year.

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Dutch not thinking of saving despite water scarcity



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The Netherlands is facing water shortages, in the official statement of Infrastructure and Water Affairs Minister Mark Harbers on Wednesday. 

Despite this statement and the minister’s recommendation to use less water, 48 percent of Dutch residents said they did not plan to use less water. 4000 people participated in the survey conducted by Hart van Nederland.

As a result of the survey, it was revealed that women will pay more attention to water use than men. More than half of the men reported that the amount of water they would use would be the same.
Older people, on the other hand, view the savings advice positively. 57 percent aged 50 and over said they aim to use less water because of the possibility of scarcity. 62 percent under the age of 30 stated that they will not reduce their water use.
Three-quarters of the 46 percent who will pay attention to water use said that they plan to do this by taking a shorter shower. Half of 46 percent reported that they would water their gardens and balconies less and fill their swimming pools and jacuzzis less.

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Dutch Minister of Infrastructure: We are facing water scarcity




According to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mark Harbers, yesterday, the Netherlands is officially facing water shortages. According to the minister’s statement, no extra measures have been taken regarding this issue yet, but if the drought continues, various measures will be taken.

The Minister stated that the situation is quite serious and that this problem should be addressed from a national perspective, not a local one.
Harbers said that while drinking water is sufficient at the moment, citizens should now be more careful when using the water. “Please think twice before washing your car or filling your pool.”
Currently, some water boards in the country are already taking steps to deal with the famine and have imposed a ban on irrigation for farmers who own arable land. The water level in the IJsselmeer lake, where most of the country’s drinking water comes from, is also kept as high as possible.
The Dutch government has also set up a special team of government, water board officials, drinking water companies and local governments to make the necessary decisions.
The Netherlands is experiencing its fifth water shortage this century. In 2003, the drought reached level 3 and caused a national crisis. Currently, it is listed as level 2, indicating that it is facing a famine.

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