Queen’s Day

April 30, 2008

Queen’s DayToday is queen’s day in the Netherlands!!!  It’s a national holiday, and probably the most fun one of the year.

We are celebrating the queen’s birthday, and we do that by taking the day off, dressing up in orange (the name of the Dutch royal family is ‘The House of Orange’) and celebrating!

The evening before Queen’s Day is called Queen’s Night, and special events are organized around all the Dutch towns.  It’s a good night to go out (if you can find a sitter)!
The real Queen’s Day, however, is fun for the entire family.

The Dutch government allows tax-free sales on this specific day, so the streets in the Netherlands transform into one big flee-market. (We call it ‘free-market’).  Prices are super-low, because most people regard it as a chance to have fun, chat with complete strangers and get rid of some rubbish as a bonus!  Children love having their own ‘stall’ (blanket on the pavement with merchandise) – and in fact here in Amsterdam, the famous Vondelpark is reserved just for children.
There are loads of other activities: there’s theater, music, and EVERYBODY who has a boat takes it out on the canals (we say that on Queen’s Day you can walk over the water — the canals are simply covered with boats)!

It’s a crazy, fun day and it’s 100% Dutch. I dare to say, where ever you are in the world — if you spot someone on the streets today dressed (partly) in orange, big chance he or she is Dutch!!!

Happy Queen’s Day!

xxx Esther


Comments (6)

April 30, 2008

I’m going over to a dutch friend’s house for coffee…. let’s see what colour she’s wearing!!!

April 30, 2008

Happy Queens Day!

Antonella - Trento - Italy
April 30, 2008

That’s why my Dutch customer didn’t answer to my mails!!!
Enjoy your Queens Day!

Antonella Aunt of Andreas

April 30, 2008

Seems like you guys actually like your royal family! Happy Queens Day!

April 30, 2008

Happy Queen’s Day!! I’ll have to dig up something orange to show off my Dutch side! 🙂

November 2, 2008

of the littles would LOVE to be there for that – hmmmmm – would also make hotels/housing more difficult? None the less something to consider in our timeline!

Great post!

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