Kingsday 27th of April
Please be advised that on Friday April 27th our office and warehouse will be closed due to King's day.
This is a national holiday in Holland.
The King's official birthday (King's Day, koningsdag) in the Netherlands is celebrated each year with parties, street markets, concerts and special events for the royal family on April 27.
What do people do?
In many towns and cities, particularly Amsterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht and The Hague, the King's Day celebrations begin on the evening of April 26. There are public music performances and street parties. Some events continue until daybreak when the actual King's Day events begin. Many people in the Netherlands have a day off work and schools are closed on April 27.
It is the only day in the year that people without licences to trade can sell things on the street. Some people set up stalls to sell second-hand goods and King's Day themed products in many city and town centers.There is a lot of busking and official musical performances on King's Day. Many people spontaneously sing "Het Wilhelmus". This is a poem written in 1574 and describes the life of William of Orange (William the Silent) and his fight for the Dutch people. It is written as if William of Orange is introducing himself to the Dutch people. Versions are also played by bands performing at King's Day events and on radio stations.
Each year, the royal family visits one or a few places on April 27. There they are entertained with displays and performances around local historic events. The members of the royal family generally join in with the games in a good natured way and greet thousands of people who turn out to see them.
The King's official birthday in the Netherlands is celebrated each year on April 27.