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.

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
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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
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