04 January 2010

Netherlands New Year's Tradition: New Year's Dive 2010



New Year's Dive (Nieuwjaarsduik) is one of the Dutch traditions.
The oldest New Year's Dive is organised in Zandvoort. In 1960 Ok Batenburg and a group of swimmers from Haarlem have started this tradition. The number of participants increases every year.
I cannot imagine swimming in a very cold water. You must be crazy swimming in 1 degree celsius water. BRrrrrrrrrr!!They may have crazy traditions but Dutch people are very respectful, family-centered, loving and caring.

The event is sponsored by Unox (food manufacturer), part of Unilever. The participants received warm soup and drinks after swimming.
I can remember when I was young, we ate noodles (bam-i) on new year's day for long life. No spending of money, etc.
Do you have any new year's tradition?

3 smart remarks:

Vernz Monday, January 04, 2010  

Tugnawa pud ani nga swimming Faye oi! Manggahi man sad ta ani.

Arvin U. de la Peña Monday, January 04, 2010  

ibang klase naman talaga niyan..

Dhemz Monday, January 04, 2010  

wow! kuyaw pod ug new year;s tradition diha sa inyo te no? na dire tawon, mingaw pas namatyan ug iring ang new year dire...lol!

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I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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