A normal outfit on Kings Day
America has July 4th, and the Dutch have King’s Day. King’s Day (Koningsdag in Dutch) is the biggest national holiday that is celebrated within the Netherlands. On April 27 every year, the Dutch put on their best orange outfit, and get ready to celebrate the birth of Willem-Alexander. Fun Fact: the date of King’s/Queen’s Day changes depending on when the birthday is of the King or Queen.
Embed from Getty Images This is the King of the Netherlands
So for those of you that don’t know much history behind the royal family, here’s a tiny history lesson. The tradition of King’s/Queen’s day was started on August 31, 1885 to celebrate the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. It is a tradition that has lived on since. Every time a new King or Queen succeeds the thrown, the date changes and the name goes back and forth between King’s Day and Queens Day. Growing up I always celebrated Queen’s Day because Queen Beatrix was at the head of the royal family. Last year Willem-Alexander succeeded the thrown, so it has changed dates and is now Kings Day in honor of him.
King’s Day is a huge party all around the Netherlands. Everywhere you look you see Orange, Dutch flags, and probably a good amount of Heineken. Festivals are thrown all around the country and the canals in Amsterdam are filled completely with Dutch people who have come to celebrate their amazing country. The whole country basically parties all day. The royal family even celebrates and goes on tours around the country visiting different Dutch towns.
The canals filled with Dutch people celebrating Kings Day
The partying doesn’t only happen on the 27th though. Many Dutch people will go out on the eve of the 26th, and go to clubs and concerts that have organized special events just for King’s Day and start celebrating early. The Dutch call it King’s Night.
If your wondering why the color orange literally takes over the country on April 27, then here’s your answer. The national color of the Netherlands is orange. Orange symbolizes the royal family, so what better color to wear when celebrating the birth of one. The Dutch are experts at making the best orange outfits.Embed from Getty Images
A beautifully constructed orange outfit for Kings Day
Kings Day is about so much more then just celebrating the birthday of Willem-Alexander. It is a day when the Dutch all come together and celebrate their country and everything they love about it. The Dutch have a lot of pride in their country, and that can not be more obvious then on Kings Day.
Plus the awesome orange outfits, and the parties are a perk too.