Okay, so I decided to do a vocabulary post themed “kolderdag” for any of you learning Dutch or interested in Dutch culture.
First things first; what does “kolderdag” mean? Directly translated it means something like mischiefday. Basically, it’s the last schoolday of the seniors before spring break, followed by their final exams. On this last day they’re allowed to do all sorts of things to celebrate and say their last goodbyes to the school.
Of course there are certain restrictions - the principal usually does not want all classes for other students to be disrupted though first period might start later for example due to the seniors detaining people from entering for about 20 minutes.
Other examples include (this is just so you don’t get the idea people actually wreck their whole school.
Even though in some cases this has happened to certain schools.) :
- terrorizing fellow students with water guns (but not inside the school)
- playing music as loudly as possible (again, not inside)
- creating a competition in which teachers have to fight against each other in minigames during lunch break
all seniors are basically like:
Before kolderdag the seniors eat dinner with all teachers, which is called “het galgenmaal” (
this roughly means last meal before the guillotine, in which the guillotine is a metaphor for their finals) and most of them go out partying afterwards (koldernacht).
The actual vocabulary
(de) dag, (dagen) - day, days
(de) zesdeklasser(s) / vijfdeklasser(s) / vierdeklasser(s) - senior*
gek - crazy
wild - wild
(het) laatst / (de) laatste - last
(de) wedstrijd, (wedstrijden) - competition
(het) springkussen, (springkussens) - bouncing castle
(het) waterpistool, (waterpistolen) - water gun
(de) meivakantie, (meivakanties) - springbreak
(de) docent, (docenten) - teacher
(de) rector, (rectoren) - principal
(het) kluisje, (kluisjes) - locker
(het) bier, (-) - beer
(het) feest, (feesten) - party
(de) nacht, (nachten) - night
dronken - drunk
blij - happy
dansen (danste - gedanst) - dance
(de) muziek (-) - music
luid - loud
afspelen - to play (sth like music or a film, not an instrument!)
(de) radio, (radio’s) - radio
(de) leerling, (leerlingen) - student
(de) les, (lessen) - class
opdrukken - to perform push-ups
(het) thema, (thema’s) - theme
verkleden - to dress up like (idk a pirate or sth)
(het) plezier (-) - fun
(de) vriend, (vrienden) - friends
een grap uithalen met.. - to play a prank on…
*it depends on what kind of school you attend. A senior from a high school with only four grades would be called a vierdeklasser, while a senior from a high school with six grades would be called a zesdeklasser. The number of grades is determined by the level of difficulty of the education given at that school.
Perhaps you have a similar tradition in your country? I literally have no idea if this is a common thing in Europe / on other continents?