30th April 2013
Queen’s day is a National holiday in Netherlands. It is
actually the birthday of the Queen’s Mother which falls on 30th
April each year. This year was different as the Queen handed over her throne to
his Son Willem-Alexander on the same day. From next year the celebration will
be called as King’s day!! And the day will fall on 27th April which
is his birth date.
Why Queen’s day was celebrated on the birth date of Queen’s
Mother and not on Queen’s birth date itself?
The Queen’s birth date falls on 31st January. But it
is not a good time (winter!!) for outdoor activities in Netherlands!! Hence the
Queen decided to continue with 30th April which was her Mother’s
As we descended from the train in Amsterdam Central station,
we were over whelmed by the “orange” presence. Almost everyone was wearing an
orange dress!! On the streets we saw many shops selling orange coloured dresses
People were completely enjoying the time. Drinks were served
generously and it was a party time!!
The crowd was concentrated at Dam square where the
coronation ceremony took place.
People come in attractive dresses.
From Dam square, we walked further towards Museumplien. Look at the crowds heading towards
We were hungry by then and had our food at “Mois”, a pure vegetarian
Amsterdam is a city of canals and parties happen on boats
Museumplien is the place where all the cultural programs are
held. We spent some time watching kids perform dance program and proceeded
further to Amsterdam Zuid.
On Queen’s day people sell their second hand items. We could
see lot of people set up the stalls on the streets selling the used items. Even
kids were selling their old toys!!
We had walked nearly eight km by the time we reached
Amsterdam Zuid station and in the process we had a great experience of Queen’s
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