Today, Junwen and I went with some friends to celebrate Dutch King’s Day at the Santa Monica Pier. To be honest, it’s not a holiday that I grew up celebrating here in the States, so any explanation I give about it is from reading up on it myself. The day became a holiday when Wilhelmina was still a young princess, so the day was dubbed, “Princess Day”. When she grew up, it was renamed “Queen’s Day”. Her daughter followed the tradition, as did her grandson and current king, King Willem-Alexander (who took the throne in 2013). The holiday then became “King’s Day” and is actually celebrated on April 27, King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. Because the Dutch royal family is House of Oranje, the national color of the Netherlands is orange and this is the color everyone wears on King’s Day. It sounds like in the Netherlands, it’s one HUGE street party with music and drinks and food galore!