Flags and Bags? What’s all that about?

Have you noticed all the flags and bags hanging on the end of flagpoles in your neighbourhood? Wondered what it’s all about?  

This is a Dutch tradition in the summer to show that someone in that house has passed all their final school exams.  The graduating student hangs their school bag out on the end of the flagpole to announce they are “Geslaagd!”, or that they have successfully passed their exams!

So, if you see a flagpole with a flag and bag combination on one of your neighbours, why not ‘stuur een kaartje’ (send a card) and wish them ‘Gefeliciteerd!’ on passing those exams.  And if you recently passed your exams, all of International Almere is passing on their congratulations to you!

Geslaagd!