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King’s day THE NETHERLANDS


Love 4th grade de Regenboog


Introduction King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander, 27 April. The day was known as Princess’s Day and Queen’s Day. King’s Day is known for its nationwide “free market” (vrijmarkt), at which many Dutch sell their seconhand items. It is also an opportunity for “orange madness”(oranjegekte) for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair, often dyed orange for the occasion. The King and his family visit different Dutch towns each year and join the festivities.

Bron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_day


History (1) The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession in 1890 the holiday acquired the name Queen’s Day. When held on 31 August the holiday was the final day of school summer vacation, leading to its popularity among children.

Bron: Bron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_day http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelmina_der_Nederlanden


History (2) Following the accession of Wilhelmina’s daughter Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to Queen Juliana’s birthday on 30 april. Queen Wilhelmina and het family never joined the festivities. Her daughter Juliana received a floral parade near the royal palace Soestdijk. Since the fifties this was broadcasted on the national television and it became a national holiday. Her daughter, Beatrix, retained the celebration on 30 april after she ascended the throne in 1980, despite her actual birthday occuring on 31 January. In the Netherlands the weather is cold and rainy, so not a good idea for outside festivities. Beatrix altered het mother’s custum and choose to visit different Dutch towns each year and join the festivities along with her sons. Bron: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koninginnedag http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koningin_Juliana


History (3) Queen Beatrix abdicated on Queen’’s Day 2013 which led to the accession of the first King since the observance of the national holiday, King willem-Alexander. As a result, the holiday became known as King’s Day from 2014 ans the celebration was shifted 3 days ahead to 27 April, the birthday of King Willem-Alexander.

Bron: Bron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_day http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troonswisseling_in_Nederland_(2013)


King’s Day 2014 On the first King’s Day, which was held on 26 April 2014 because 27 April was a Sunday, the King visited De Rijp and Amstelveen. In Amstelveen the King and the Queen had a surprise. Their three little daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane joined the festivities. They always watched Queen’s Day on television and this year they joined the festivities.

Bron: Bron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_day http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koningsdag_2014


The King’s Games (1) The King’s Games are a Sports Festival, supported by the Orange family (the King and the Queen). It’s meant for all the children in Primary School in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Last year (2013) was the first edition of these Games. Prince WillemAlexander is a sportsman, when he became King, the King’s Games were invented. Last year more than 1,3 million pupils joined the King’s Games. That’s why the King’s Games go on each year. The purpose of this day is to show the children that it is important to sport and you can enjoy sports. Bron: http://www.koningsspelen.nl/


The King’s Games (2) The King’s Games are always on the Friday before King’s Day. So this year it was 25 April 2014. We start at school with a good, healthy, but most of all, a nice “King’s Breakfast” There were 2 extra’s this year: an Ideas contest and a World record attempt. The question for the Ideas contest was: “How can we make more children play and sport?” The World record attempt was to sing and dance with all the children together at the same time. The song was: “Doe de Kanga”, sang by “Kinderen voor Kinderen”. There are not many rules for the King’s Games. Each school has their own wishes and possibilities. You can organize Games on your schoolyard, organize a Sports Tournament with other schools or with a Sports Association. The only rule: Be sportive and have fun! Bron: http://www.koningsspelen.nl/


The King’s Games and de Regenboog De Regenboog is a school in Borne. In Borne we have a cooperation with all primairy schools, the sports Associations and the municipality We started at school with a nice, healthy breakfast. Then we left school to go to the sports fields. The older children went by bike, our parents brought us by car. First there was the World record attempt: we sang and danced “Doe de Kanga”.

Then there was a circuit, we could play and sport the whole day. When you look at the photo’s you can see a lot. The weather was nice, sunny but not to warm. We had a lovely day and when we went home, the holiday started.


Photo’s Starting the song and dance “Doe de Kanga” Photo’s and videos made by Martijn ter Pelle and Hester Langkamp-Waanders


Photo’s


Short video hockey

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Traditional Dance There is no traditional dance for King’s Day. Long time ago, the Dutch dance and sang on wooden shoes. Those where the days they also walked on wooden shoes. That’s long gone. There is no tradional Dutch dance. We do have Dutch songs and dances we sing at school and during festivities.

The children from the fourth grade choose the song: Ten little fish. The video of this dance is on our website.


Lyrics

(in English it doesn’t rhyme)

10 little fish, swam to the sea. Mother said: I won’t go along! I’d rather stay here in the dirty ditch, because there are sharks and they bite… Blub, blub, blu-blu-blu-blub, Blub, blub, blub, blub, blu-blu-blu-blub. 9 little fish, swam to the sea. Mother said: I won’t go along! I’d rather stay here in the dirty ditch, because there are sharks and they bite… Blub, blub, blu-blu-blu-blub, Blub, blub, blub, blub, blu-blu-blu-blub.


8 little fish, swam to the sea. Mother said… <and so on> 1 little fish swam to the sea. Mother said: I won’t go along! I’d rather stay here in the dirty ditch, because there are sharks and they … Eat you! Bron: http://www.leswiki.nl/muziek/10-kleine-visjes/


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