KINGSDAY

Holland turned orange to celebrate the first Kingsday, last April 26 2014. 

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Koningsdag, so called by the Dutch, or Kingsday is a national holiday in the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. 

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Last Saturday was the first day Holland celebrated Kingsday, from 1890 to 2013, the day was known as Koninginnedag or Queen's Day. When held on 31 August the holiday was the final day of school summer vacation, leading to its popularity among children. Following the accession of Wilhelmina's daughter Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to Queen Juliana's birthday on 30 April. Her daughter, Beatrix retained the celebration on 30 April after she ascended the throne in 1980, despite her actual birthday occurring on 31 January. Beatrix choose to visit different Dutch towns each year and join in the festivities along with her sons and so does King Willem-Alexander. This year he visited De Rijp and Amstelveen.

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At this day Holland will turn in a free market as the Dutch will sell second hand stuff or food, drinks whatever they can find. It is also an opportunity for orange madness, for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair often dyed orange for the occasion.
 

Be prepared when visiting Holland end of April!

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