5 fascinating festivals in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is always a great choice for those who are planning to travel to Europe. Not only possessing huge canals, windmills, tulips, but the Netherlands also has many excellent festivals. Perhaps a few countries in the world have many special festivals like the Netherlands, so this country has been named “the land of festivals".
It takes place on April 30 every year in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Queen's Day is the largest festival in the Netherlands and is also one of the largest street festivals in the world. This is the queen's birthday anniversary. Since Queen Beatrix was crowned (1980), to pay homage to her mother, she still took April 30 (the birth of her mother - Queen Juliana-April 30, 1909) as Queen’s Day.
On this day, everywhere in the Netherlands, there are exciting activities, especially in the two major cities of Amsterdam and Hague, where the offices of government, parliaments and the Royal Dutch family are located. All the streets and alleys are filled with colorful flowers. All restaurants, shops, and other places are covered in orange - the official color of the Dutch royal family.
All vehicles will stop working on this day and everyone just walks. On the night of the Queen's Day, the streets of the Netherlands suddenly turned into self-made flea markets selling all kinds of goods and they did not have to pay taxes. The pubs will also open all night to welcome visitors.
KEUKENHOF FLOWER FESTIVAL
The festival is usually held from March 20 to May 18 every year at the famous Keukenhof flower garden in Lisse region, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Keukenhof garden is a huge flower garden with about 7 million flowers. It is estimated that about 700 thousand tourists from all over the world come to visit this flower garden every year.
Each year, the Keukenhof tulip festival offers a special theme with different programs. Tourists will have the opportunity to learn the myths about tulips that the natives are very proud of. When you come to Keukenhof, you will surely be overwhelmed with a magical setting with many different flowers.
November is the time of the unique Dutch Domino festival, held for the first time in 1998 and held every year in Leeuwarden town. This is probably a special festival in the world. Join the festival, visitors have the opportunity to admire a colorful field of colors built from about 4.5 million Domino pieces. When these domino pieces pour out, they will create portraits of celebrities such as Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, etc.
FEAST OF SAINT MARTIN
St. Martin's feast is named after St. Martin - a saint who is revered by Europeans for his kindness to strangers. Every year the festival is held on November 11 in the Netherlands and has many similarities to the Halloween Day.
St. Martin's Day is a popular children's holiday in many places in the country of windmills. Usually, on the first winter evening on November 11, a small group of children going to the street can recite, read, and sing and hold colorful lanterns with many shapes in their hands. As a reward for children's efforts, adults will give children candies and sweet foods. It is possible to say St. Martin's Day as a warm little fire in the middle of the cold Dutch winter.
CHARLES DICKENS FESTIVAL
The Charles Dickens festival was held in Deventer city on the last Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. The festival was organized to recreate the life in the 19th century in the masterpieces of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) – a British realist writer. Coming to this exciting festival, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse into the very real, very ordinary atmosphere of Western countries in the 19th century with full details from costumes, makeup, and gestures of aristocratic couples.
By: Mithrine Smith