Monday, April 27, 2015

King's Day

The Museumplein ('Museum Square'), the Van Gogh Museum is visible at the right with the Concertgebouw ('Concert Building') in the background.

Today is King's Day in The Netherlands. It used to be called Queen's Day (in Dutch: Koninginnedag, try to pronounce that) but since 2013 we have a king instead of a queen.

It seems like the whole nation dresses up in orange (one of the surnames of the queen king is 'from Orange') and visits Amsterdam. Since I don't like large crowds, and I have no desire to witness the annual massive train congestion first hand, I stay at home.

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4 comments:

  1. Haha - just the sight of that crowd makes my skin "crawl" :P

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  2. Euugh! Too much orange! However, blessings on your King’s Day.

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  3. I propose to celebrate this day eating orange carrots. In fact, few people know that the Dutch "forced" a change of colour of carrots, from purple to orange, just to celebrate the Orange Family.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1991768.stm

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    1. Not many people in Holland know this!

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