Local Heart, Global Soul

June 29, 2009

A cheerful Dutch rite of passage…


school bags6 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

It’s the end of June and the end of year exam results have been published for students in their final year of high school. It’s a Dutch tradition that students who have ” Geslaagd” i.e. passed their final exams celebrate by hoisting the Dutch flag onto their flagpoles on their houses and attach their school bags (signifying that that since they passed their exams the bags are not longer needed)

I took a walk around the neighbourhood to collect a few photos of this cheerful traditional Dutch rite of passage.

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Photo © Kiwidutch

No place for a flagpole but the celebration is clear...

No place for a flagpole but the celebration is clear... (Photo © Kiwidutch)

school bags9 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags10 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags7 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags3 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags5 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags4 (Small)

Photo © Kiwidutch

school bags6 (Small)

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school bags8a

These neighbours probably celebrated their success together (Photo © Kiwidutch)
















1 Comment »

  1. I love it! Wonderful tradition.

    Comment by The Laughing Housewife — July 15, 2014 @ 11:28 am | Reply

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