Grab your pasta strainer and it's time to celebrate!

The Netherlands has officially named Pastafarianism a religion in the country and members of the unique religion all over the world are celebrating.

Pastafarianism, otherwise known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is a social movement that started in 2005 that has now become a phenomenon. The movement promotes a "light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools."

Charlie Henderson, a write on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website had this to say about the news,

Great news, The Netherlands has recognized Pastafarianism as an official religion. There are efforts for recognition in a bunch of places — I find it interesting (and telling) the reactions from the various governments. Clearly The Netherlands is a great place.

Learn more about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the video above. Although I think I was already in love when I heard the first believers were pirates and that their heaven included