Yummy orange food!
Known as Koninginnedag in the Netherlands, it is usually celebrated on the 30th of April (or the 29th, if the 30th is a Sunday). It is an annual Dutch national holiday to celebrate the late Queen Juliana’s birthday. ^^
It was intended to be a day of national unity. It all started with the celebration of the birthday of Queen Wilhelmina on August 31st. What made this day special was that, not only was it the Queen’s birthday, it was also the last day of summer vacation for children. Since Queen Juliana ascended the throne, the day has been changed to April 30. The queen would receive a flower tribute at Soestdijik Palace, accepting congratulations and presents. Queen’s Day has been on April 30th ever since.
The boats offered some relief from the crowds. They’re always great places to party!
On this day, most of the people wear orange (Dutch’s national colour). It refers to the Dutch royal family, The House of Orange. Why, practically everything is orange-coloured, including food, drink and the decorations! ^o^
There is also the vrijmark or free market, which is similar to a flea market. There is no tax here, thanks to a holiday dispensation from the Dutch government, and many interesting things can be purchased there.
There are plenty more festivities and such… however, I think this post has taken up enough space already… so, if you want anymore info on Queen’s Day, check out this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koninginnedag <— my resource! I took the info there and condensed it a bit. ^^ Visit that link if you want some more information about Queen’s Day.
Happy Queen’s Day everyone!
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