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Koningsdag at Dutchies

Koningsdag at Dutchies


Posted on Apr 23, 2014

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...

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Koninginnedag 2013

Koninginnedag 2013


Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Koninginnedag Celebrations at Dutchies The Queen of the Netherland’s official birthday (Queen’s Day, koninginnedag) is celebrated each year with parties, street markets, concerts and special events for the royal family on April 30 or on April 29 if the 30th is a Sunday. Dutchies celebrated  in true Dutch style this year. Orange flags were hung all over the restaurant and special celebratory Dutch eats and drinks enjoyed by all who attended. Even the sunset played along 🙂 What do people do in Holland? In many towns and cities, particularly Amsterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht and The Hague, the Queen’s Day celebrations begin on the evening of April 29. There are public music performances and street parties. Some events continue until daybreak when the actual Queen’s Day events begin. Many people in the Netherlands have a day off work and schools are closed on April 30. It is the only day in the year that people without licences to trade can sell things on the street. Some people set up stalls to sell second-hand goods and Queen’s Day themed products in many city and town centers. There is a lot of busking and official musical performances on Queen’s Day. Many people spontaneously sing “Het Wilhelmus”. This is a poem written in 1574 and describes the life of William of Orange (William the Silent) and his fight for the Dutch people. It is written as if William of Orange is introducing himself to the Dutch people. Versions are also played by bands performing at Queen’s Day events and on radio stations. Each year, the royal family visits one or a few places on April 30. There they are entertained with displays and performances around local historic events. The members of the royal family generally join in with the games in a good natured way and greet thousands of people who turn out to see...

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