Every year, from December 27th up to December 31st, a number of inhabitants of Scheveningen are busy organising two large bonfires, one for Noorderstrand and one for Duindorp. Noorderstrand (the northern part of the beach) takes up the fight with its southern neighbours at Duindorp, to find out who can build the highest bonfire. The winner of this tradition may claim the title ‘highest bonfire of the Netherlands’ for one year. During the last days of December tens of thousands of pallets are taken to the beach and stacked according to a particular system. Hundreds of volunteers, young and old, work together to make the pile as high as possible. Many people take days off in this week, especially to help with the construction. The organisers of the bonfire make sure that the purchased and the sponsored pallets are taken to the beach in vans. The construction of the bonfire does not only take place during daytime, but in the evenings and nights too, come rain or shine. Around midnight, on New Year’s Eve, the time has finally come: the huge stack is lit and the whole of Scheveningen celebrates the New Year on the beach.