The Day of Orange, Amsterdam
Every year, big famous holiday takes place – the Day of Orange, or Queen’s Day currently Kings day. This fruit festivals is associated with the birthday of the monarch and regarded as a day of national unity and solidarity (Saamhorigheid). King’s day (Koningsdag) or Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) is a national holiday, which is celebrated in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Currently, celebrated on April 27, before it was celebrated on August 31 and April 30. In 2014 the King’s Day was celebrated on April 26, because the 27th was Sunday.
On the Day of orange in the streets of Amsterdam the real Orange Revolution begins. Everybody wants to wear orange clothes, because orange colour is the traditional color of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Also there is a variety of orange posters hanging on walls, orange kites flying in the sky.
During the celebration of the Day of Orange, the Dutch not only eat citruses, they also participate in fairs and have fun.A great part of the festival are orange and lemon sculptures. These unusual works of art often reveal monarchical theme, portraying the queen, castles or palaces. But the range of themes has no limits, and artists over and over again find a way to surprise the Dutch and tourists. Such sculptures are also created at the Fruit Festivals of lemons in Menton, France – but in those sculptures yellow dominates.