How to celebrate King's day in Amsterdam

Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world that still have royal families. Even though I have heard that Dutch royal family doesn’t have a lot of political power, Dutch people still appreciate their symbolic presence and surely know how to highlight this in their culture. There is one particular day every year that the whole country is led up with the orange color, with music, with smiles and happiness, and that is King’s day.

Posted by Chung Thanh Le at Apr 30, 2017 08:30 AM
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It is a tradition in Holland to celebrate the King’s birthday every year (27th April). On this day, people, including a lot of tourists, dress up in their orange clothes and costumes. There are parties, food stalls, outdoor games, merchandise stands, and …. drunk people every corner of every city in Holland. It is the time that children showcase their talents for busking and their entrepreneur mindset by doing all sorts of things, from selling homemade cupcakes, to making bracelets, to even painting nails. 

Being a capital and known for its party culture, Amsterdam never fails to disappoint any "King's day" fan. I have made a little vlog about my King’sday experience this year. Enjoy!

 

 

This is my 5th King's day since i got to the Netherlands, but i have to say i enjoy it fully every year. Last year I even had my own food stand, selling Vietnamese spring rolls and sesame balls. The money we earned that day went to the fund of our Vietnamese Student Association in Netherlands that was founded just 2 months before that. We also took part in a project of "Children of Vietnam" organization to raise money for them. For every photo taken with our photo frame and with the hashtag #cycleoutchildpovertyVietnam, a 10$ donation would be sent to "Children of Vietnam".  On King's day, everyone can sell anything without paying any taxes (of course you need license to sell dairy products and alcohol beverages). Thus many people take this chance to have garage sale, restaurants owners sell their food on the street, and parents make cakes for their children to sell on the street (i know, it sounds pretty horrible, but it is just for fun and educational purposes). Then the whole country turns into a gigantic open market.   

 

On King's day 2016,  "Vietnamese student association in the Netherlands" sold spring rolls and sesame balls to raise fund for their organization , and for "Children of Vietnam" organization in Amsterdam
On King's day 2016, "Vietnamese student association in the Netherlands" sold spring rolls and sesame balls to raise fund for their organization , and for "Children of Vietnam" organization in Amsterdam

Well I hope that the vlog has given you a bit of an idea of how Dutch ppl celebrate and have a lot of fun on the giant birthday party of their King. If this isn’t convincing enough for you to take interest in studying in Holland, then check out my other blogs hehe ;) Not only I write and make videos about my life stories in Holland, but also I share a lot of my experience about how to get into a Dutch university, how to score a scholarship.

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Posted by Chung Thanh Le at Apr 30, 2017 08:30 AM
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