Celebrating Queen’s Day!

Celebrating Queen’s Day!

Happy belated Queen’s Day to all my Dutch friends and family!

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Long live the Queen!

Yes, I know I am not Dutch but when you live in a country for 6 AMAZING years you to tend to take on a few of their traditions and customs and Queen’s Day was one of the best day’s in the whole year there!  Why? Because this is what the whole country looks like on April 30th each year..

Time to party!

Time to party!

What is Queen’s day? On April 30, the Dutch celebrate Koninginnedag (“Queen’s Day”), a national holiday to commemorate the birthday of the country’s (former) Queen. It is by far the most widely celebrated holiday in the Netherlands. Amsterdam festivities in particular rival those of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or New Year’s Eve in New York City. As such, Amsterdam is packed to the gills on April 30, welcoming up to two million party-going visitors.

Queen Beatrix

Queen Beatrix

But what made yesterday REALLY special is that Queen Beatrix gave up her 33 year reign for her son to be the new king, Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange.

The new Dutch royal family!

The new Dutch royal family with grandma!

In honor of Queen’s Day and the new King we had a traditional Dutch dinner on my Dutch dinner set.

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A traditional Dutch dinner, sausage with potatoes and carrots. Now the Dutch make a mash out of the potatoes and carrots called Hutspot. I took the easy way out as we were in a bit of a hurry, so they were served individually and mashed on my plate together.

Desert time!  Rice pudding (aka vis  ) and stroopelwafels!

Desert time! Rice pudding (aka Rijstebrij) and stroopelwafels!

It would be a celebration dinner with out friends over, so we had our church missionaries over for dinner.  2 of them are leaving Bydgoszcz here in 2 days so we made it a going away dinner as well.

When you put get 4 20 year old boys together you never know what is going to come out of their mouths!

When you put get 4, 20-year-old young men together you never know what is going to come out of their mouths!

And this is how my head feels when I have them over!

And this is how my head feels when I have them over!

Object lesson time!  Today they talked about the importance of faith.

Object lesson time! Today they talked about the importance of faith.

How strong is your faith?

How strong is your faith?

Another great night in our house celebrating the very last Queen’s Day for hopefully quite a while.  Next year we celebrate King’s Day!!

What is your favorite holiday to celebrate?  Mine, I would say 4th of July!

love kelley
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2 Responses to Celebrating Queen’s Day!

  1. Dorothy Durkee says:

    Wait…something’s amiss here…an EMPTY hutch in the home of a Polish Pottery collector? Bare shelves? Perish the thought! ;)

    • Dorothy,

      Yes the hutch is empty! We are moving the end of the month so we are starting packing the boxes already so I only have to do a little each day instead of doing it all at once. No worries the hutch will be filled again in no time!!

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