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Koningsdag (King’s Day, Netherlands)
Held every April 27 (or the 26th if the 27th is a Sunday), Koningsdag is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. It is known worldwide for its vrijmarkt (free market) where the Dutch sell second hand items. But the best part is the orange madness (oranjegekte) that overtakes the country. Orange is their national color and on King’s Day it is everywhere and on full display, even their heads which often gets dyed for the occasion. Aruba, Curacao, and Saint Maarten, all constituent countries of the Netherlands also celebrate Koningsdag (though not quite as fiercely). Bonaire, a Carribean island, also part of the Netherlands’ Kingdom sees a modest celebration as a local celebration for la Dia di Rincon (held on April 30) is more popular.