Brass bands, colorful floats and vibrant costumes are
the hallmarks of the carnival celebration. Carnaval
or Vastenavond (literally “fasting
evening”) as it is known in Dutch, is celebrated mostly in the Catholic regions
in the south of the country. During the celebration, people dress in costumes

dance in the streets along side decorated floats, and drink themselves into
oblivion, just as they do at other carnival
around the world
. Carnaval in The Netherlands is also the chance to experience time-honored Dutch
traditions like the borenbruiloft
(farmer’s wedding – a wedding feast for the event) and the traditional meal on
Ash Wednesday, the haring happen (eating haring). 

To find out more about how the Dutch celebrate this holiday, read 11 Things About Carnival in The Netherlands on