Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Koninginnedag (Queen's Day)

There are a few important things to know about Queen's Day, and in particular, Queen's Day 2013.

1. Queen's Day celebrate Queen Beatrix and the royal family. The celebration is held on her mother's birthday, as Beatrix's January birthday does not have the same springtime fun as a late April celebration.

2. Earlier this year Beatrix announced her abdication of the throne to her son Willem-Alexander (as is typically done in the Netherlands). That means that April 29th was Queen's night and April 30 was more of a king's day, but no one really cared as long as they got to drink and dress in orange.

3. On April 30th, you dress in orange and drink. (Orange for the house of Orange and drink because it's a party)

4. Amsterdam is FULL of people.

5. It's like a mix of tailgate, water/ boat parade, flea market, block party and a sports team celebration. 

6. It's tons of fun. 

7. Next year the celebrations will move to April 27th, Willem-Alexander's birthday.

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