King’s Day in the Netherlands
If the article on Carnaval in the Netherlands didn’t convince you that Dutchies really know how to celebrate and party in style and you need to learn from them (which I find it hard to believe), then King’s Day sure will. King’s Day is the King’s birthday, thus its name, and it is celebrated nation wide by everyone. And I mean everyone. Dutch citizens, expats, students, elderly, dogs (some do embrace the orange clothing their owners force on them)… It is a day where everyone unites and is the same age, the same colour, and has the same insatiable appetite for beer and other alcoholic beverages. This day was formerly known as Queen’s Day because (you guessed it), it used to be celebrated on the Queen’s birthday, but changed to King’s Day (or “Koningsdag” in Dutch) after King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration in 2014. Grab your orange gear and find out all you need to know about celebrating with the Dutchies next year!