Queen’s Day 2012 – Dutch Traditions Far Away From Home

April 30 is Queen’s Day in The Netherlands.  It is the day that we celebrate the Queen and though her actual birthday is in January, April 30 is the day of the Queen’s Mother’s birthday.  In addition to the day when our national soccer team wins the Euro Cup or the World Championship (and that day will come – SOON!!) it is on Queen’s day that we, the Dutch, go Orange-Crazy.  Orange is the national color and Queen’s day is THE opportunity to take the color to the extreme with orange pastries,


orange bitters,

orange clothes, orange hair, orange everything.

Yes, we love our orange!

The day is (obviously) filled with delicious foods, drinks and fun.  Flea markets allow kids (and adults) to sell their secondhand goodies, games are played by young and old for the fun, more than for the win.

It’s holidays like these that make me miss home, so when I discovered about the Queen’s Day celebrations that would take place in LA this year (for the first time), I was thrilled.  Not only did it mean an orange-fix, but it also meant…Dutch food.  Comfort food!  Needless to say, we went down to the festival last weekend. It was fun.  I now realize I desperately need to “orangefy” my closet (so lovely friends back home: if you have some fun T’s left over, send them my way!), but we had a great time.

We started out with a “Broodje Kroket” (Croquette Sandwich).  Ryder LOVED it, Kai ate the bread.  Too bad for him, AWESOME for me.

Of course, David and I HAD to accompany the Kroketten with something to drink.

Ryder’s best word in Dutch is “Proost!” (Cheers) – hmm, appropriate…

By the way, see the tulips?  Aren’t they purdy?  Very cliché, but they do remind me of home.  Kai was a little overwhelmed at first with the crowds

(Note the Red-White-Blue nails...)

but he soon adjusted and let loose.

Then there was another HIT: Oliebollen.  Usually we eat these beauties on New Year’s Eve, but as expats, we Dutch folk abroad can eat these any day of the year, given the chance.  They are beignets with raisins.  Delicious, not so great for the hips though…  Ryder was grooving on them and couldn’t snatch them out of my hands fast enough.  He really didn’t mind that they had just gotten out of the deep fryer and were still hot.  He just devoured them.  Moose.

Then came the time to play.  At first the boys got their eye on this car and could not be persuaded to go anywhere else.

Finally the curiosity took over and the boys ventured away from the car to discover new things and learn new games.

Kai actually won a few prizes, but “Spijker Poepen” (Nail Pooping – yes, I know, charming) was the most fun.  Well, to watch Kai, that is.

He actually managed to get the nail in the bottle once.  Wahoo Kai!

As the day came to an end, little hands were holding prizes and new toys, tummies were full, souls were satisfied.  The kids were tired, but it was worth it.  Already looking forward to Queen’s Day 2013.


Until next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

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Published on: May 3, 2012 | Tags: , , , ,

2 Responses to Queen’s Day 2012 – Dutch Traditions Far Away From Home

  1. Pamela S says:

    Looks like a fun day! Love those photos. Nail pooping???

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