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New Year's Dive | Must See Holland | Tourist information
Do you like cold water? On the firstday of the year you can, together with thousands of Dutch people, take a New Year's Dive in to the North Sea. Everywhere in holland there are New Year's Dives organised. Most of them on the beaches of the North Sea and the Wadden Sea but also by towns or villages near lakes, rivers or canals. Traditional New Year's Dive Since 1959 the traditional New Years Dive started with only 28 people on the beach of Zandvoort. Nowdays thousands of people gather together by the seaside on New Yearsday. Nearly 45.000 people takes a cold water dive on the 1st day of the year. They are all shivering from the cold, waiting together on the beach for the starting signal to go. After the starting signal is given they all run together in to the very cold North Sea water and back again. Its a very jolly and happy event. Afterworths everybody is very proud that they had the guts to take the New Year's Dive. In wintertime the water of the North Sea is extremely cold.