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Why do the Dutch paint eggs on Easter?

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Why do the Dutch paint eggs on Easter?

Everyone who celebrates Easter, not only in the Netherlands, but all over the world, decorates the eggs with various paints and draws some pictures on them. So, what is the reason for this tradition?

Painting eggs on Easter is actually an Orthodox tradition. But according to this tradition, eggs used to be dyed only red; Here, the color red is Hz. It represents the blood of Jesus.

Now Easter eggs are dyed in every color and way you can think of. People are careful to be as creative as possible when coloring the eggs; This tradition settled later. However, where this culture came from and how it was formed is unknown.

Anthropologist Jef de Jager believes the tradition of coloring and decorating eggs in color originated in the 19th century. De Jager states that egg painting was a family activity, and with the establishment of schools at that time, teachers especially encouraged children to paint eggs.

Another theory about egg dyeing is as follows: the egg represents fertility and is therefore associated with spring. Egg dyeing, which is done with the arrival of spring and goes back centuries, is started to be done with Nowruz celebrations in Iranian culture.

Another popular theory comes from pre-Christian times, Ēostre, the fertility goddess.

The tradition of Easter in the Netherlands is still very much alive. De Jager thinks that the reason for this is people’s longing for the past and traditions and the desire to relive them. For example, in the 1980s, the NRC newspaper wrote that Sinterklaas would only last for a few more years, after which this tradition would fade into the dusty pages of history. However, things did not turn out as expected, Sinterklass is still celebrated with great interest in the Netherlands, just like Easter.

Although we don’t know exactly where it comes from, dyed eggs are a nice activity among the family, beautiful frames for photos, and a source of protein for the body!

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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

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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

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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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