Celebrating Queen’s Day!
Happy belated Queen’s Day to all my Dutch friends and family!
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..
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.
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.
In honor of Queen’s Day and the new King we had a traditional Dutch dinner on my Dutch dinner set.
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.
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!