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The preparations for the very first King’s Day celebrations are already in full swing in the Netherlands. However, even if you happen to live abroad you can still make the most of this momentous occasion – indeed, our handy tips below will help you to enjoy a King’s Day to remember wherever you are in the world!
1. Watch the Dutch royal family enjoying their first King’s Day
Unsurprisingly, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Queen already know how they’ll celebrate their first King’s Day. Plans are in place for a royal trip to Amstelveen and De Rijp, visits which were postponed in 2013 due to the coronation of the new Dutch King. You can follow all the action as it happens via NOS live, or alternatively can catch up on the exciting events afterwards via Uitzending Gemist.
2. Celebrate King’s Day at a Dutch club or association
Most countries around the world boast at least one or two Dutch Associations that are hosting King’s Day events, including informal get-togethers and barbecues, complete with party games for the children. These are not only an ideal way to celebrate King’s Day, but also an excellent opportunity to mingle with other Dutch immigrants or those with an interest in the Netherlands. To discover where your nearest Dutch organisation is, browse our Dutch Clubs and associations abroad page for more details.
3. Attend a King’s Day function at a Dutch Embassy or Consulate
Many Dutch embassies and consulates abroad also to plan to mark King’s Day in style with a special function. In addition to raising the Dutch flag (complete with orange pendant), they’ll be hosting a number of fun gatherings and events. The Dutch embassy in South Africa, for example, is arranging a flea market for children in Pretoria, whilst the Dutch embassy in Washington DC (United States) is throwing a huge party. To find out if your local Dutch embassy or consulate is organising an official King’s Day celebration, then visit their website for further information.
4. Celebrate King’s Day at home
Even if you don’t happen to live near to a Dutch embassy or club, you can still celebrate King’s Day with a party at home. Simply deck your home with striking array of orange flags, don a cheerful orange hat, treat your guests to a traditional glass of Oranjebitter, and let your King’s Day celebrations commence!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?