Now that Sinterklaas finally went back to where he came from (
Turkey Spain) our nation’s favorite topic to debate has departed as well: bye bye Zwarte Piet discussion! So what’s the next big thing that will truly seperate the Dutch? I’m putting my money on a fireworks ban!
A Fireworks Ban?
But dear DutchReview guy, fireworks is not a Dutch thing right? I’m here since Kingsday and you guys barely set anything on fire that day
Where most countries celebrate their independance day of some sort with fireworks we Dutch prefer to celebrate our nation with flea-markets and boozing. But come NYE we light it up big time! And I’m not talking about general-nicely-organized fireworks shows (although we do see these more and more). In the run-up to NYE loads of Dutch kids and grown men flood to all kinds of establishments to buy massive loads of (il-)legal fireworks. While the idea behind it is that people celebrate for roughly an hour at 12 in the night it obviously doesn’t work like that.
What does happen though is hundreds of missing eyes, scared-to-death pets and a 5-day period in which the Netherlands sounds like a battlefield.
Such a ruckus is getting frowned upon in our neat ‘n tiny country. Time to ban that unorganized pleasure many people say!
Enter the Fireworks Ban debate
In many municipalities fireworks have already been regulated. Assigned firework-timeswindows are tightened, there are special designated zones to blow stuff up and some big cities organize special firework-shows for the big public in the hopes that you will stop blowing stuff up as is your secular-given-right as a Dutch person. But with teenagers still flocking to the eye-hospital on the first day of the year many parties such as the Green Lefties are suggesting a complete ban on fireworks for Joe the Plumber.
So why not?
It’s a tradition! In case you haven’t noticed, the Dutch (or the rest of the world for that matter) are clinging on to traditions such as these for dear life. Screw the hundred of victims every year, I was brought up with blowing away a few hundred euros (or even better GULDENS) in a day – so will my kid. A ban on fireworks will not make Holland great again! (/sarcasm)
And so the debate will probably continue for the years to come…
What do you think? Are the Dutch out of control on NYE or is this a refreshing break from the way too smoothly organized Netherlands the rest of the year?