Dutch Culture Unique to Other Western European Countries Essay

688 Words Nov 25th, 2011 3 Pages
Dutch culture is unique to other Western European cultures. The Dutch culture primarily inhabits the small country known as Holland or the Netherlands in Western Europe, sitting just north of France. Origins of the Dutch are traced back to an ancient tribe known as the ‘Batavii’ or ‘Batavians’ who are the ancestors for the modern Dutch race, many Batavian cultural traditions are still practiced by the Dutch today especially in the South of Holland. Southern Holland tends to be much more cultural than the North, people in the South have much stricter families and customs.
Holland is primarily a Christian country, with Roman Catholic being the prominent religion. Religion in the Netherlands plays a big part in the day-to-day life of its
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If a Dutch bride is unfortunate enough for her father to not approve of the man she wants to marry, then the it is a custom for the father to not take any part in the wedding celebration and instead the bride is ‘showered’ with gifts and money from her friends so that she can marry the groom without the usual help from her father. Before the day of a marriage the bride and groom host a celebration, traditionally they sit down in thrones under trees for the event, as their guests come to bless them and wish them happiness. A Dutch wedding consists of the reading of scriptures, singings of psalms, the vows being read and the couple making an oath to one another. After the wedding the guests are invited to the bride’s house for a feast and the new married couple plant lilies and tulips around their house to symbolize what the Dutch call ‘the return of happiness’ a custom meaning that the love for one another is renewed.
Christmas in the Dutch culture is celebrated on the 5th and 6th of December. The idea of the western ‘Santa clause’ stems from the Dutch Christmas traditions of ‘Sinterklaas’. The story is that Sinterklaas who lives in Spain, travels by ship from the ocean and on 5th December delivers gifts with the help of Zwarte Piets (who stemmed the idea of elves) to the well behaved Dutch children and coal to those who haven’t behaved. During the Christmas season farmers blow loud horns every evening to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to scare

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