Cultural Holidays Calendar

In January 2017 and 2018 all staff members at Erasmus University received a calendar, featuring the cultural, national and religious holidays as celebrated by people at our university. Each month, one of these holidays is highlighted by one of our students or members of staff celebrating this particular holiday.

You can find the entire calendar here.

Vappu

Vappu is a student festival, celebrated annually on 1 May. It marks the beginning of spring. It’s also celebrated as International Labour Day and is one of the biggest festivals of the year in Finland alongside Midsummer's Day and Christmas.

Dr. Tim de Mey
Three times a year, I return to Finland and one of those times is always 1 May 1st because I don’t want to miss Vappu.
Tim de Mey
Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy, Erasmus School of Philosophy
Read the full interview about Dr. Tim de Mey

King´s Day

King´s Day (27 April) is a national holiday in the Netherlands, marking the King’s birthday. All over the country, people take part in Koningsdag wearing orange or red, white and blue clothing, visiting flea markets (vrijmarkt), concerts and local gatherings.

Foto Welmer de Groot
The wonderful thing about traditions is that they bring people together, make them proud of their community.
Welmer de Groot
Student at Erasmus Medical Center
Read the full interview about Welmer de Groot

Pesach

Pesach or Passover (Jewish Easter) is an ancient feast that originated in the history of the people of Israel, commemorating the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt.

Foto Erin Chang
You’re supposed to lean back and enjoy the meal while considering the story and its meaning. In that regard, it’s quite a philosophical tradition.
Erin Chang
student Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
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Brazilian Carnival

Brazilian Carnival (9 Feb – 14 Feb 2018) is an annual festival, marking the beginning of Lent (40 days before Easter). Large and small parades crowd the streets for the public to watch or participate in. Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil.

Daniel Maciel Biato
You wear a costume all year, but during Carnival you dress the way you are.
Daniel Maciel Biato
Student at Rotterdam School of Management
Read full interview about Daniel Maciel Biato

New Year's Day

New Year's Day (1 January) is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar and the most celebrated public holiday. The New Year is often greeted with fireworks. Other celebrations worldwide include parades, family time or annual dips in water.

Dr. Chris Müller
A special New Year’s Eve for me was in Berlin at the turn of the millennium. Even though it was -10 °C and terribly cold, it was like everyone kept each other warm by being together.
Dr Chris Müller
Senior Lecturer Life Sciences
Read full interview about Dr Chris Müller