The American have the fourth of July, the Irish have Saint Patrick’s Day. And the Dutch have Queen’s Day. Every year on April 30, the Dutch celebrate ‘Koninginnedag’ (queen’s day), a national holiday to commemorate the birthday of the country’s (former) queen. Everywhere in the country there are a lot of festivities, musics and street parties. Children and adults sell their junks on the street: they name it ‘the free market’, because only on this day the Dutch may sell things without a license. And the Netherlands is colored orange.
In the big cities the festivities start from April 29, at 6 p.m. Traditionally, Utrecht have one of the biggest free markets that also start at this hour. So last night I visit Utrecht’s free market until it got so dark that I couldn’t see a thing anymore. Then I went for a drink and a dance at one of the many street parties.
Here are some of my Queen’s Day treasures.
Today I was about to celebrate Queen’s Day again with friends, but it turned out to be a very sunny and warm day. I was working in the garden, reading some books and decided that I’ve had my share of celebration for this year. I didn’t want to go to downtown in a very crowded place. So I cancelled my appointment and went on illustrating in my garden instead. Am I getting old? Probably. But after a drink of a cool pink lemonade I decided I made the right decision.