Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's our "Koninginnedag"!

Good morning everybody!
Today is a bit of special day for us, Dutchies! It's Koninginnedag( Queens-day). I will give you a small history overview so you understand what it is.
Koninginnedag was celebrated as "Princess-day" (Prinsessedag) in former days on 31 august 1885, the anniversary of (then) princess Wilhelmina, . This day is the preamble of Koninginnedag. The initiative for the celebration came of the liberals, who with the festival wanted to emphasize the national feeling. After the death of king Willem III (husband of Queen Wilhelmina, the grandmother of our present queen)in 1890, the first real "Queens-day"(Koninginnedag) was celebrated. Because Koninginnedag was also the last day of the school holiday, it became rapidly already a holiday for children.On 31 augusts 1902 Koninginnedag developed into a real national feast. The population fourth then, as it happens, also the news, that queen Wilhelmina had recovered from a serious illness. Queen Wilhelmina and family however, was almost never present at festivities on Koninginnedag. Queen Juliana received during her period of government a flower homage of the population at the Palace Soestdijk. This flower defile was to be seen in the middle of fifties on the television. More and more people got a free day on Koninginnedag and this way the celebration grew up to a national holiday which stands in the sign of solidarity. Queen Beatrix with her family annually visits one or two places in the country. Although Queen Beatrix has her birthday on 31 January she continued to celebrate Koninginnedag on 30 April,out of respect for her mother Juliana.
This year there will be again a defile, now at Palace Het Loo, to celebrate the 100 th birthday of our former Queen Juliana.
Lucky for the royal family, the weather looks rather nice, hoping it will last the rest of the day. There are celebrations all over the country, in a lot of towns their is a fair and lots of people have a free day. May be Jan and I will go into town, but that's not sure. We certainly will follow a bit the day on tv, I always like to see what every member of the family is dressed in(specially all the princesses of course).
And if you looked well, you saw I put up a new slideshow on top of the blog, that's the daily download on Magickal Scraps for May, and whooooo, quess what??? I was the one who could pick the colour and theme. Quit a responsibility! But I think it turned out into a great kit again, everybody worked so hard on it.
So as from tomorrow you can go to the forum, sign in and grab this kit.
Another event will take place at the Magickal place, but in the store. Keep an eye for a great sale at Magickal Scraps Shop, but that's not all. My friend Edna will start selling her work there too and there will be lots of goodies for you too, so mark the date, 1th of May, and take a look there. Edna worked hard to get it done and she makes lovely stuff, so why not take a look? You even may be persuaded by the looks to make a little exception and buy something, who knows??
Well, more than enough reading done, I suppose, so we'll go to today's kit. I made another one coloured scheemed, and the name "Parsifal"just popped into my brain so that's the name. Hope you all have a splendid day, may be I even will take some pictures of the garden, which is going to look better and better almost every day!

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Cat said...

Hey Kyra, Hope you and Jan have an awesome Queens day..

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Kit(s) post on Apr. 30, 2009. Thanks again.

Edna B said...

Sorry to read of the bad accident marring such a wonderful day. Hope you will be able to still enjoy most of your holiday. The history was so enjoyable to read.

This is another very lovely kit you've given us, Kyra. Thank you so much. And thank you for your wonderful comments on my opening. Have a fantastic day, Hugs, Edna B.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 30 Apr [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 01 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).