Our first Kings Day since moving to Europe. We really had no idea what this was all about either but I can now offer a few insights into this orange party as I have now been there and literally worn the orange T-shirt.
King’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands (so why have it on a Saturday I ask?) Celebrated on 27 April, the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Until the abdication of his Mum, Queen Beatrix in 2013, the holiday was known as Queen’s Day and was celebrated on 30 April.
To celebrate your Kings Birthday it seems you have to wear something or everything orange. It is required for you to drink lots of Heineken and have a bit of a dance at a street rave party that plays a lot of 80’s re mixes that seem to go on all day and probably all night and way past my bed time. It seems while the adults are all having fun, the kids are plonked all over the place to sell their used toys on a blanket. So, we have kids on a blanket in Holland not to be confused with Pigs in a blanket in the USA and sausage rolls for us Brits!
Beer is the choice drink, and the celebratory cake is called Tompouce. Very yummy I might add.
So before we accuse the Dutch to be a little odd for celebrating their Kings Birthday by getting drunk, selling old crap and going to 80’s Rave parties, I have to say, where I come from, we celebrate May by dancing around a wooden pole with bells on our shoes, celebrate someone who was trying to blow up parliament by letting off fireworks and run down a very steep hill chasing a round cheese so really Kings day is a perfect way to celebrate.
Cheese rolling the Dutch say? Yes but as much as you have round Goudas everywhere, you have no hills so it won’t work!
We had a great time and are looking forward to our next Kings day here in the Netherlands.
If you fancy a Heineken, Gouda, Tompouce or love the color orange, UPakWeShip USA can move you here.
If you don’t like beer, allergic to cheese and cakes and your favorite color is Blue then UPakWeShip Europe is happy to move you out of here as well.