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Today was queensday, or koninginnedag as it is officially known. it's a public holiday, celebrating the birthday of our queen. or her mother, actually. when beatrix became queen in 1980, she decided for some reason not to change the date of queensday. according to some that's because she doesn't want to celebrate her birthday in public with all the common folk.

there are lots of things to do on queensday, depending on where you live of course. festivals with (mostly unknown) bands playing. demonstrations of various kinds of sports. and children are selling all kinds of crap they have been saving up all year. it's pretty much a nationwide garage sale. some kids are playing violin or recorder for money. i'm sure the less talented are paid just to stop playing. unfortunately, as with so many things these days, commercialism has also been trying to take over queensday.

and what did we do ourselves today? well, not much really. in the morning we visited several grandparents. in the late afternoon we were at a fish & chips party (plaice, games, vanilla coke and loud music)

home by 10
that's all


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May. 1st, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
Staying home, watching TV. That's what I did. Now you know why I don't post anything in that journal of mine!!!
May. 3rd, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
well some of us have a life. others have livejournal! ;)
May. 2nd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm SO glad we don't do anything to celebrate the president's birthday.
May. 3rd, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
does that mean you don't send him a birthday card every year?

but americans have july 4th. i'm pretty sure lots of people have forgotten its original meaning and july 4th is just another day off work. though even a foreigner like me knows about the founding fathers and the declaration of independence. maybe just because i think history is important and an interesting subject.

there are 2 days of importance to the dutch this month. may 4th is memorial day for the dead of world war II, with ceremonies in churches and a 2 minute silence at 8 pm. the day after, may 5th, is liberation day. celebrating the surrender of the german troops.

oh and here ends this short history lesson for today.. :p

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