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Canals in Amsterdam 2010

I have been to the Netherlands twice in my life. The first time was when I was 15 & I was on a family vacation with my parents & my little brother & the second time was with my husband in 2010 in my 30’s.  These were both very different experiences as you can imagine, but I absolutely fell in love with the Netherlands & the Dutch culture & have been hoping to go back one day for their big holiday, Queens Day! 

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Queen’s Day 2013 at Stub Hub

 

What is Queen’s Day?  Great question!! Traditionally Queen’s Day or Koninginnedag as the Dutch call it, is a national holiday in the Netherlands. The day is a celebration of the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. It’s also a day for the world-famous Orange Craze. The color orange refers to the name of the royal family, The House of Orange. Everywhere in the city you’ll see orange banners, orange colored foods and drinks and people dressed in orange. This holiday is literally the biggest party of the year in Amsterdam!  So, if you decide to travel to Amsterdam, make sure you have enough clothing with this lovely Halloween color!

 

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Gorgeous Canals 1992

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam is going to be very special this year because Queen Beatrix has announced that she will be stepping down from her throne on April 30th & on the same day the new King, Willem-Alexander, will be inaugurated! Due to the inauguration of the new King, Queen’s Day is now to be renamed King’s Day so this party will be 1 of the biggest yet!

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Dutch King’s Day Flyer

Every year there is a big Queen’s Day Festival in Los Angeles & this year will be the first Dutch King’s Day in LA on Sunday April 27th!  The festival will be held at the Stub Hub Center at 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746 from 11am – 5pm.  There will be a full program of kids’ activities, Dutch entertainment from Holland and Los Angeles, as well as different vendors, arts & crafts and Dutch food booths and International Food trucks.  Parking is free.  This is always a great thing!  For more details about this festival, see their website King’s Day or their Facebook Page.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

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Me in Amsterdam in 1992

 

 

Some awesome news is that I will be giving away 2 sets of V.I.P tickets here on my blog for adults and each set of two tickets includes 5 children’s tickets as well!  Each lucky winner will receive $55 dollars worth of tickets and coupons to enjoy King’s Day in Los Angeles.  To enter my contest please enter through link here

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Contest will end at 11:59 pm on April 20th, so make sure you enter now!

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2010 – Dutch Man Carving Clog Shoes by Hand

If you have been to this Dutch Festival for Queen’s Day in past years in Los Angeles, I would love to hear about your experiences below! If you have been to the official Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, I would also love to hear about it! Please share about your experiences!  If you go to the King’s Day Festival this year in Los Angeles or Amsterdam, have a blast!!

 

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Amsterdam -biking in Edam 2010

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