The Dutch and the color Orange

Considering the colors of the Dutch flag are Red, White and Blue, I never really knew why the Dutch seem obsessed with the color Orange. Already the streets are lined with Orange flags, with many doors, whole houses and bars painted in the blinding color in preparation for the start of Euro 2012 next month. Heck ‘Orange‘ is even No.7 on the list of ‘Stuff Dutch People Like’.

On Queens Day, April 29th-30th, was when the madness truly began. The whole country turned Orange for the day, and what a day it was. Why Orange you ask? Well here is the answer!Ā Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. The lineage of the current dynasty — the House of Oranje-Nassau — dates back to Willem van Oranje (William of Orange).

While the color Orange has royal roots in the Netherlands, today it symbolizes a broader pride in the country and in being Dutch, thus why the whole country wears Orange any chance they get. Who doesn’t love a little bit of National Pride! šŸ™‚

Here are some photos from Queens Day in Groningen, in all its Orange Madness.

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11 thoughts on “The Dutch and the color Orange

  1. In British Isles orange is color of protestants as opposed to green for Catholics. Since Holland embraced protestant Lutheranism during Reformation I wonder if that has any thing to do with it.

    1. Mmm I think it all stems back to William of Orange. When the protestants do their annual march in Northern Ireland, you see that they also wear Orange, in tribute to William of Orange who defeated a Catholic Army at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

    1. Haha Right you! Those few days were such a blur I got a bit confused! Is Queens DAY not April 30th?

  2. Hi Janet!
    I’m back from my hiatus in Pennsylvania. I hope you are well. I missed reading your posts. I will start posting again in a day or two. Take care, Russell

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