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The Netherlands marks Queen’s Day

The Queen’s Day celebrates the birthday of the Queen of The Netherlands and is traditionally a day of national unity and “togetherness”. The tradition started on August 31, 1885, on the birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, later Queen Wilhelmina. Since 1949, after the accession of Queen Juliana, Queen’s Day is Queen Juliana’s birthday on April 30. Although Queen Beatrix’s birthday is on January 31, she officially celebrates her birthday on 30 April.

Queen’s Day is known for its “freemarket” all over the country, where everybody is allowed to sell things in the streets. Other activities during Queen’s Day are children’s games, individual musical performances, and concerts. The night before Queen’s Day is celebrated in most cities, and this is called Queen’s Night, with the largest celebrations held in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. During the celebrations, all people dress in the colour orange, which is sometimes called “orange craze”. Orange is the official colour of the Queen and the royal family, descendants from the House of Orange-Nassau.

 

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