The King’s Day (known before as the Queen’s Day) is the biggest event that takes place not only in Amsterdam but all over The Netherlands. Parks, canals, streets, everywhere is full of people having fun.
An Orange Sea
Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family (Huis van Oranje-Nassau). On King’s Day ( 27 April, which is the birthday of King Willem-Alexander), everyone put on orange clothes – orange T-shirts with playful text, orange hats, orange crowns and so on. Some of them go further and dressed in orange from head to toe. They don’t hesitate to put even their pets in orange.
Parties all night
The craziest celebrations are always in Amsterdam. The fun begins the night right before King’s Day known as the King’s Night. Every club and bar in Amsterdam have a special festive program and the parties continue until morning. A short break follows (only for the less energetic) and around lunch, it’s time for a party again.
I missed the King’s night party, but around 11 am I went out from home heading directly towards one of the most crowded areas to be – Museumplein.
At 12 pm music echoed from everywhere. There were special DJ spots on every corner. And little by little people gathered again.
There was something like a parade in the canals. During the whole day, boats and platforms full of celebrating people were sailing around.
There were a lot of fun things to do on land, too. For several euro, you could throw eggs at a person who swears at you. Another popular game was to try to smash with a hammer a grape or cherry tomato dropped through a pipe. Some people offered to make you a picture with the Royal family or with a cute festive dressed dogs.
The Free Markets
The specialty of this day is the free markets. You can collect everything you don’t need anymore and sell it on the street. There were a lot of junk goods, some of them overpriced, expensive second-hand clothes and worn-out shoes as well as nice paintings, antiques and pieces of jewelry.
Some people put tables in front of their homes and sold homemade food, beverages or handmade things. Others offered their own toilets for money – as strange as smart/practical.
There was a children market in Vondelpark. The little ones picked toys and books that they no longer needed and sold them. Some of them were cooked and offered cupcakes and other sweets. Others were playing music or dancing to collect coins for themselves. It is fascinating to see how excited are the children when trying to sell something.
It was a long and wild day filled with positive experiences. What are your memories of the King’s Day in Amsterdam?