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How to celebrate Kingsday 2021?

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

On the 27th of April, we will celebrate the second Kinsday in lockdown. Normally this is THE party day of the year. Everyone is out and about, in orange (or with a touch of 😉), dancing, having fun, and celebrating the birthday of our king. But what can we do now, with all the restrictions? We checked it out for you!

Decorate your home with Red, White, Blue & Orange

Homes, windows, gardens, and balconies may be decorated with Dutch tri-color flags, orange banners, or whatever people fancy. Of course, we’ll all wear something orange.

Online ‘vrijmarkt’ One of the traditions of Kinsgday is the ‘vrijmarkt’. Obviously this is not possible this year, but since we got experts in doing everything online, the vrijmarkt is also online. Check out the online market and support KiKa!


Get to know a (new) city and support some locals with Stadswandeling! Pick out a city, ask a friend to join, put on your sneakers and you are ready to go. With the Stadswandeling you pay a small fee to receive a map that will show you around the city of your choice. On that map, you will find a number of participating restaurants and cafes where you can make a small stop to eat or drink something tasty. A great way to spend your Kingsday 2021!

Tompouce – Make the royal pastry (and eat it 😉)

King's Day is an occasion for a sweet pastry - of course, with orange icing! It's tompouce! This delicious pastry with a creamy filling and bright orange icing on top is a must-have for King's Day! The most popular one comes from Hema, but you're sure to find it in any supermarket or bakery at this special time of year! At other times of year tompouce still exists - but with pink or white icing instead of orange, of course! If you want to try to make it yourself you can follow this recipe – King’s Day Tompouce (it is not hard at all 😉) Tip – Wash it down with some “Oranjebitter” – Bitters are alcoholic beverages that are flavored with herbs, fruits, and/or spices. If you want to make this yourself please follow the following recipe “Oranjebitter”

All Together Now: Dutch National Anthem

At 10:00 am citizens throughout Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands will join the Concertgebouworkest sing and play the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem. The sheet music can be downloaded from the orchestra’s website. The hope is that all singers and musicians will start and finish at the same time. The kickoff signal will be broadcast live on television channel NPO1. Afterward, share your efforts via social media using hashtag #Wilhelmus2020. – Dutch National Anthem

Last year, we already experienced an unusually quiet King's Day, so we know what to expect! Those who have experienced it felt the extreme difference from usual, without the orange-clad crowds, roads closed off, open-air performances, or jumble sales. Stay safe & stay healthy!

Show us a picture of how you celebrate King Willy’s birthday the best in your home and tag us! @thecohesionlife! The best picture wins a prize!

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