This Saturday, April 26, is King’s Day in the Netherlands. King’s Day is the biggest national event in the country, and everything and everyone turns orange to celebrate.
The Dutch royal family goes on tour to be received by one or more Dutch towns, and the streets come alive with fairs, flea markets and parties.
The Dutch have celebrated it on April 30, the birthday of former Queen Juliana, since 1949. Prior to 1949 Queen’s Day, as it used to be called, was celebrated on August 31, which was the birthday of Queen Wilhelmina. From 2014 onwards the Dutch will celebrate King’s Day on April 27, which is the birthday of the new King Willem-Alexander. However in 2014 the celebration will be on April 26 because April 27 falls on a Sunday.
More celebrations are in order because the Holland America Line “Signature Tulip” is in bloom! Last year, the company celebrated its 140th anniversary. The occasion was marked with the naming of the Holland America Line “Signature Tulip” at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.
A white-petal variety with delicate fringed petals was chosen to honor our company that was founded at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, April 18, 1873. It’s a year later, and our beautiful flower is in full bloom at Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is only open for two months each year, from March 20 through May 18 in 2014, so if you want to see the Signature Tulip in person, don’t delay.
Some lucky Holland America Line guests also received a Signature Tulip bulb for planting at home, and other grand gardens around the world planted bulbs. Spring is here, and it’s time to see the tulip.
Holland America Line fans also sent in gorgeous photos of their own tulips in bloom.
If you’ve been to Keukenhof and taken photos of the Signature Tulip or if you have one in your own garden, send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature it on social media.