The Dutch Don’t Dance, Photo Â© by Wouter Hogendorp and Canon
Recently I found this apt picture with apt title and color.
- The picture is apt because the wooden shoes or clogs stand as a sort of fake national symbol for The Netherlands, whereas hardly any Dutchman (or Cloggy as I am actually teasingly call my fellow countrymen) actually wears wooden shoes.
- The Title is as aptly untrue as the clog as national symbol as the Dutch do Dance, even on wooden shoes (later more on the subject of wooden shoe dancing).
- Actually the color is the only really apt element of this picture for today as orange is the Dutch national proud, not the national color because that is red white and blue, because it is the color of the House of Orange. Our Queen is a descendant from William of Orange who led the Dutch in their 80 years war against the Spanish. Tomorrow , 30th April is the official celebration of her 70th birthday this year and we will celebrate and dance!
The official 2008 Haagsche Koninginnenach Poster
But before the Dutch celebrate Koninginnedag or Queens day several cities celebrate the night before the day. In The Hague we celebrate Koninginnenach. It is a free pop festifal throughout the city. There are several Pop- and Jazz podia. In several theaters and bars there is life music and all is one big party.
On the 2008 Haagsche Koninginnenach you can actually hear the music of several groups performing tonight.
I will not get permission from my dear wife to enter the festivities with my cameras because I am just recovering from a flu alas. It is her good excuse to keep me from partying:-)
I had some luck that I found some photos on Flickr Â© by Fiona Bradley that give a view of the preparations for Koninginnenach. Thank you Fiona for being so quick.
one of the pop podia
Part of the The Hague Queens Day Fair
If you want to have a nice overview of Konininnenach pictures do a Koninginnenach search on any photo site.
And you should read the post about Dutch Orange Day in New Holland from antipode (from Down Under) James Clarke from the Australian I Travelnet Blog. Then you will understand why I am proud to be a Dutchman. And I am curious whether Nomadic Matt will report about his Amsterdam Queensday experience.
Update May 1, 2008: Nomadic Matt did indeed post about Koninginnedag, But the post has disappeared since….
Last edited by GJE on December 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm