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    Holland celebrates first King's Day without any COVID curbs

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    After the low King's Day celebrations in 2020 and 2021, citizens of the Netherlands will have a grand celebration on April 27 this year as there are no more covid curbs in the country.

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    Orange-clad people celebrate King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. After two years of celebrations muted by coronavirus lockdowns, the Netherlands marked the 55th anniversary of King Willem-Alexander of the House of Orange with street parties, music festivals and a national poll showing trust in the monarch ebbing away. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
    The Netherlands is set to celebrate King's Day on April 27 in a traditional way without any restrictions, two years after the covid-19 pandemic hit the world in 2019. Even though the country celebrated King's Days in 2020 and 2021, the celebrations were not pompous but rather melancholy due to the covid curbs.

    However, there will be no covid restrictions this year, and people will celebrate the day with full enthusiasm. Traditionally, King's Day celebration includes music, parties, and several open-air markets throughout the country.

    Citizens and residents across the country have put on orange dresses and decorated the city with the same colour to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander, who will turn 55 on Wednesday. The colour has been chosen to respect the ruling House of Orange.

    According to the official tourism website of the Netherlands, King's Day is when the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their king. Since King Willem-Alexander was born on April 27, the day is celebrated as King's Day. The day was first officially recognised as King's Day in 2014.

    Thousands of people have gathered to celebrate the day in Amsterdam, where the King's Day celebration is equal to that of New Year's Eve. Several "party boats" with pumping music and dancing people filled the canals of Amsterdam. In addition, several celebrities, including DJ Martin Garrix, will be performing in Amsterdam on King's Day. Besides, bakers have also braced themselves to complete the orders for the classic Dutch pancakes.

    Interestingly, sellers do not need any permit on this day; hence several "free markets" flood the streets throughout the country. People generally build temporary stalls to sell products they no longer need for a low price.

    King's day is locally known as "Koningsdag" in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, King Willem-Alexander will be celebrating his birthday with his family in Maastricht.
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