King’s Day

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In the Netherlands, we’ve got a saying: ‘Doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg.’ This roughly translates to: ‘Just act normal and you’re acting weird enough already’ and usually I live by this phrase. But, as with anything, some exceptions have to prove the rule.
One of these exceptions is King’s Day, formerly known as Queen’s Day. For those of you who don’t know why Queen’s Day changed into King’s Day, here’s why. Last year our Queen Beatrix announced she would step down from being queen so her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, could become king. So in 2013, we celebrated the coronation of our King and thus Queen’s Day became King’s Day.

With a new King also came a new date for the festivity. While Queen’s Day has been celebrated on April 30th for over a century, as of 2014 we celebrate King’s Day on April 27th. But, to make it even more confusing, April 27th happened to be a Sunday this year and so we celebrated the day before, on Saturday April 26th.

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There are a few things you have do to in order to say you’ve celebrated King’s Day the right way.
Step one is to wear something orange. Doesn’t matter what, as long as it is orange. You have to, it’s a rule. On King’s Day, nobody cares that orange is actually a horrible colour which looks good on absolutely nobody.
Step two is to visit a flea market. Any city, no matter the size, will have a flea market. Even the city my parents live in had a flea market (and I actually bought some really nice stuff!). You have to stroll around and offer to buy every thing for fifty cents. Most of the time, you will also get the thing for fifty cents. Do not pay anything above five Euros. Trust me, it’s not worth it.
And step three, which is the last step and also optional: get drunk. Or tipsy. Or at least try some beer or wine. It’s not a must, but loads of people drink on King’s Day and it’s sort of tradition. At the end of the day, most Dutchmen who celebrated will be slightly (very) under influence.

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The pictures I’ve included in this post show some examples of what you can find on a flea market. Most of it is shit, but sometimes you happen to stumble upon something really nice.

My King’s Day this year was really nice. In the morning, I went to a flea market with my friends. After that, we played miniature golf and in the evening, we ate from a BBQ at a friend’s house. We were lucky the weather was extremely nice.

So that’s it! That’s King’s Day! Have you ever celebrated King’s Day or have you only heard of it?


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