Culture, Netherlands

New Year’s Bonfires in Scheveningen

As has become custom over the years, two bonfires are currently being built up ready for a New Year’s Eve party and a half on the beach at Scheveningen. These bonfires have now been officially listed as part of the Dutch national cultural heritage. They are here to stay.We went to take a peek today……there are so many words to describe what is going on there but I’m not sure any of those I use really capture the craziness that is going on on the beach. There are wooden pallets everywhere waiting to be hoisted up to the top of the crate mountain. There are lorries coming and going, swerving around fork lift trucks. There are men moving around from one spot to the other adorned with matching black tops, some chatting to the police or fire brigade representatives, some necking from beer or Smirnoff bottles and some just milling around. It’s one in the eye for health and safety fanatics………
It’s a fascinating sight, in an ‘oh my god how does nobody end up killing themselves’ sort of way…… 

You can read more about my take on New Year celebrations in the Netherlands over on Amsterdam Mamas and Haarlem Expats.
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