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Dutch Carnival—Vastelaovend 2023

Even though Carnival is more of a southern tradition, it's being widely celebrated in Catholic provinces of the Netherlands

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Find a colorful costume and celebrate Carnival with the Dutch. The celebration starts after the mayor of the city hands over the keys to Prince Carnival who becomes in charge of the festivities in the city for three days. Singing, dancing and pub-crawling is a typical way to celebrate Carnival in Holland.

Visit the provinces of Limburg and Noord-Brabant that are predominantly​ Catholic to see the most massive celebrations. Some of the greatest locations to experience Vastelaovend include Maastricht and Venlo in Limburg; Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda, and Den Bosch in Noord-Brabant; and also Nijmegen which is right north of Limburg, yet already in the province of Gelderland.

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