Contributed by Susan Huggins, Open Education Consortium
Stay an extra day in Delft to join in the celebrations the King’s official birthday! The King’s official birthday in the Netherlands is a festive occasion that is annually celebrated on April 27.
King’s Day is an official public holiday in the Netherlands. Banks, post offices, and many businesses are closed. Opening hours in stores vary. Some stores are open as usual, some are open for part of the day, and some are closed all day. Public transport runs according to a normal or a special timetable and there are extra train services to take people home from large celebrations. However, buses and trams in the center of large cities may have different or shortened routes to avoid the crowds. Restaurants may be shut, open as usual or only serving special “King’s Day” meals. Cafes and restaurants may close earlier than usual.
The celebration. In many towns and cities, the King’s Day celebrations begin on the evening before. During the day you will be able to visit flea markets where you will be able to make great bargains for second-hand goods and King’s Day themed products in many city and town centers. King’s day in Delft is worth to visit. It is crowded if you get there after Noon. In specific streets children will sell their toys/books etc.
Also, the city of Delft will be organizing a big festival on the market square as a part of the King’s Day Celebration. The ‘Orange fever’ festival will be crowded, but a great experience if you like to party like the Dutch. Starting time for the festival is 18:00 on the 27th. Feel free to purchase tickets for the festival and enjoy it on your own initiative.