Online sightseeing of The Netherlands.
Just announced today, on Queensday 2013 the Royal Family will visit province Noord-Holland, town of De Rijp and Amstelveen. Join us!
History of Queen’s day
Queen’s day (Dutch: Koninginnedag) is a national holiday in the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Celebrated on 30 April (the 29th if the 30th falls on a Sunday), Koninginnedag is Queen Beatrix’s official celebration day. Though Queen Beatrix was born on 31 January, the holiday is observed on 30 April as it was the birthday of her mother and predecessor, Juliana. Many of the traditional activities are held outside, and observing the holiday in April makes suitable weather more likely.
Why the Orange color?
Koninginnedag is a day for “orange madness” for the national color. It’s like dressing up for carnaval or mardi grass but then using the color orange in your outfit, make-up, shoes, hair, boat, bicycles etc. And here and there a stripe of red, white and blue.
The orange color is the traditional color of the Dutch royal family, the House or Orange-Nassau. What’s in a name? 😉
What to do, where to go?
Queen’s day is a national holiday. Everyone has a day of and looking to celebrate.
– flea markets, the only day of the year when everybody is allowed to sell his stuff on the streets.
– double the population in Amsterdam from 800.000 to 1.600.000 people. Not if your claustrophobic!
– eat, drink and party
– see decoration of kids bicycles in the morning (@any city or town)
– sing a long with traditional Dutch songs (play back is allowed)
– traditional Dutch crafts are demonstrated in the streets (especially where royal family visits)
It’s a happy and relaxt party! Just go out, mingle with the Dutch and enjoy 🙂