Pastafarianism: The Newest Dutch Religion

Another DutchReviewer previously summarized a few religions in the Netherlands quite nicely. But one notable religion, or more correctly, denomination of Christianity, should be added: Pastafarianism, or belief in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (officially in Dutch: Kerk van het Vliegend Spaghettimonster).

What is Pastafarianism and why does it matter to the Dutch?

On January 26, 2016, Pastafarianism was established as a legally recognized religion (by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, or KvK) in the Netherlands! Hoera for religious freedom!

The Flying Spaghetti Monster in His True form

Pastafarianism Fast Facts

Here are a few fast facts about this little-known religion:

Countries that recognize Pastafarianism as a religion

  • Religious headwear is the common colander. Some have succeeded in wearing this on official government identification, like in Austria and Australia.
  • Most recently, in August 2017, our neighboring Germans discriminated against Noodle Mass, or Nudelmesse, in the town of Templin by outlawing the posting of such events akin to similar event postings at other churches.

Don a colander and celebrate!

With Sinterklaas behind us, Hanukkah in full swing, and Christmas and Kwanzaa upcoming, don’t forget to also acknowledge an appropriate holiday tribute to The Flying Spaghetti Monster, the newest Dutch religion!

True Believers and skeptics are all welcome, claims the Church of the FSM, so no matter what your faith, you could check out the nearest Dutch FSM event for some hearty discourse about pirates, pasta, and more!

Tiffany Leung
An American born and raised, Tiffany is fulfilling a lifelong dream as an expat in one of the happiest countries in the world. Learning Dutch hard and fast, she greatly admires Dutch culture and sensibility, but is also wondering whether she could ever one day also master the Mestreechs dialect.

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