Gezellig

What is Gezellig?.

The Gezellig term encompasses the heart of Dutch culture, as the Dutch tend to love all things gezellig. You’re welcome to try and pronounce it: heh-SELL-ick.

Coffee with a friend: gezellig! On a sunny terrace in the center of Amsterdam? Even gezelliger!

Locals and foreigners alike will tell you that the word can not be translated.

According to Wikipedia, “A perfect example of untranslatability is seen in the Dutch language through the word gezellig, which does not have an English equivalent. Literally, it means cozy, quaint, or nice, but can also connote time spent with loved ones, seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness.”

Old-fashioned shops and boutiques are gezellig; modern warehouses are not.

Watching a movie at home in a gezellige living room (read: warm colors, warm ambiance, full of books, plants, and knick-knacks, along with a dog or cat or two) is gezellig, especially if you have gezellige friends over. Eating dinner at McDonald’s is ongezellig — though gexellige friends can make a difference. Oprah Winfrey is gezellig. Donald Trump definitely is extremely ongezellig.

Our annual show named Gezellig is a collection of short plays and individual perforrmances . It is entirely run by students and is presented by the LWHS Drama Boosters. All proceeds go to support our theatre program. Watch social media and our posters for the date of our next Gezellig.

2023 Gezellig  LWHS Poster V1.jpg