Local Heart, Global Soul

June 25, 2011

Those All Important Dates….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you live in most parts of the world and want to keep track of important family dates like Birthdays, Anniversaries , Memorials or any other especially important dates, then chances are that you have a yearly diary with a list in the back that you transfer year after year to the latest edition.

Or you have it stored electronically, but remembering to look at it regularly sometime trips you up and you know exactly which family member isn’t likely to forgive you for quite a while because you totally forgot that their Birthday was in June and not July when suddenly you kind of remembered it “ oops …it was somewhere around now .. wasn’t it?

The Dutch do things rather differently. We have a special thing called “verjaardagskalender” (Birthday Calendar) expressly for this purpose and while it is similar to a regular calendar, there are two major differences.  First is: There are numerical dates listed, but no day of the week to go with the date,  Second: there’s  no mention of the year on it.

This means it’s a perpetual calendar and can be used year after year. The idea is that you write your important family dates in the correct page and place and you hang it somewhere where you will always see in time to remember that important event. (most popular spot in Dutch households appears to be the inside of the lavatory door). Yep, guilty, ours is there as well.

I would never dream of being so rude as to add my own name to other people’s calendars if it’s not there already but some members of people’s families have been known to do so whilst they were closeted in the little room.  Like regular year specific calendars, verjaardagskalenders come in a multitude of styles and sizes, and appear to be a very Dutch way of remembering Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Our old one was getting very old and tatty so we have a new one recently… gotta retrieve the old one and do some updating on it yet….  …before we accidentally forget someone’s Birthday.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. A good idea really. We have them here too, but it’s not ‘big’ here. In the bathroom, what a god place to hang it!!

    Comment by sarsm — June 25, 2011 @ 7:00 am | Reply

  2. yep I’ve got a verjaardags kalendar. A Harry Potter one

    Comment by marja — June 25, 2011 @ 7:13 am | Reply

  3. I’ve had my own version for years: I used twelve old, stiff cards and wrote a month at the top of each, then important dates underneath. I keep them on a bulldog clip on my notice board.

    Comment by Tilly Bud — June 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am | Reply

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