Dutch Quirk #44: Wear way, way, way too much orange

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POV: you wake up on the morning of King’s Day. You think you see an army of Oompa Loompas marching down the city streets. After squinting your eyes hard enough, you realise it’s actually a bunch of Dutch people wearing orange! 🇳🇱

You’d think the Dutch would be wearing the colours of their flag: red, white, and blue. But you’ll notice that the Dutch actually have quite a taste for the colour orange.

Oranje for the win! 🧡

What is it?

If you’ve ever been in the Netherlands during a national celebration like King’s Day or a big event like the Euros or World Cup, you couldn’t have possibly missed the tremendous amount of orange T-shirts, baseball caps, and fedoras everywhere. 

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And, it’s not only the Dutch who turn orange!

Dutchies wear orange to show pride at football games. Image: Depositphotos

Whenever there’s a football game or national holiday coming up, Dutch supermarkets will miraculously have many of their products take on the hue. 

From Heineken beer crates, tompoucen, soesjes to M&M packaging, Dutch supermarkets turn into an orange wonderland.

Name a better duo. We’ll wait. 😉

Why do they do it?

Wearing orange during national holidays is the Dutch way of expressing feelings of national pride and patriotism.

That’s no surprise since the national colour of the Netherlands is, in fact, orange. 🧡

Orange has been the national colour of the Netherlands for hundreds of years.

It’s a reference to the royal Dutch family, particularly to William of Nassau-Dillenburg, also known as William van Oranje. 🍊

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William of Orange was the commander of the Dutch rebellion against Spain in the 16th century. In 1544, he was given the name “Prince of Orange” after he inherited the commune of Orange in the south of France. 

And, as a result, orange has become a firm favourite when it comes to celebrating the Dutch!

During King’s Day, you’ll hear crowds of patriotic Dutchies singing “Oranje boven, oranje boven, leve de koning!” (Orange above all, orange above all, long live the king!).

During Dutch football matches or Formula 1 races, hundreds of Dutch fans are likely to show up in all-orange attire. 

Why is it quirky? 

The colour orange initially seems far off from what you’d expect the Dutch to wear during national holidays. After all, the colour isn’t even present on the Dutch flag

They also really dedicate themselves to the wearing of orange during national holidays or sports events.

Celebrating the Dutch king means everyone dressed in orange. Image: Depositphotos

Unlike other countries where you might see the occasional flash of a patriotic colour during festive celebrations, you can be guaranteed to see a sea of orange on King’s Day.

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That’s not to say the Dutch wear orange clothes year-round, but “orange” you glad about that? 😉

Should you join in? 

Absolutely! Even if you’re not from the Netherlands, it’s still a nice way to participate in times of national pride like a true orange-wearing Dutchie! 

If you’re ever planning on attending a Dutch national event, make sure to find your best orange-tinted clothing. 🩳

What do you think of this Dutch quirk? Have you experienced it? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image:Depositphotos
Lea Shamaa 🇺🇸🇱🇧
Lea Shamaa 🇺🇸🇱🇧
Lea has a passion for writing and sharing new ideas with the world. She enjoys film photography, Wes Anderson movies, fictional books and jazz music. She came to the Netherlands in 2019 for her media studies and has fallen in love with the country and its culture ever since. She loves to ride her bicycle in the city but also feels the need to overtake everyone on the bike lane (she's working on it).


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