Koninginne Dag (Queens day) has been celebrated in Holland since 1949. It is a public holiday that commemorates the Queen’s birthday and is the most popular Dutch celebration. This year Queen’s Day will be King’s Day for the first time.
All over Holland there are parties, outdoor concerts and other events. People dress up and let their hair down, and turn Holland orange! This is the Dutch version of the New Orleans Mardis Gras or New Year’s Eve in New York. Holland is packed to the rafters with visitors coming to enjoy this festive Dutch celebration.
Queen’s Day becomes King’s Day
On Queen’s Day last year, Prince Willem-Alexander succeeded his mother Beatrix and became King of the Netherlands. Consequently, from this year on, Queen’s Day will be King’s Day and the date has changed from 30th April to 27th April, which is the birthday of Willem-Alexander. However if the 27th falls on a Sunday, celebrations are held on the 26th.
Turn Dutchies Orange
Dutchies will of course be celebrating this favourite holiday on Saturday and would love for you to join us. Come and see Dutchies in full orange regalia and bursting with true Dutch spirit.
There will be traditional celebratory Dutch food, exceptional music by DJ Hands On (aka the Sharklady) from 12pm to midnight and prizes for best dressed will be given throughout the day and evening for those of you who let your hair down and dress up Dutch-style.
Don an outrageous orange outfit, put on your dancing shoes and join us for lunch, sundowners or dinner this Saturday.