Dutch Quirk #54: Play Links Rechts, non-stop at anything patriotic

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Let’s set the scene! You’re at your first Dutch Carnival in your costume or maybe supporting your first Nederlands football match and bopping along to Dutch music you don’t understand.

And what’s next in the queue? Links Rechts. 🕺

Dutchies go wild, jumping from left to right in a line during the chorus, holding each other’s shoulders. 

You can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous it looks — buuut also how fun, so you decide to join in, having your toes squished in the process with all the jumping and beer spilling all over your shoes.

What is it?

It’s a well-known Dutch song that came out in 2015 by the Dutch party act, Snollebollekes.

While the song wasn’t a hit at first, you can find it in the Dutch Single Top 100 during every Carnival. It gets a fair few streams if the Netherlands is playing football, too.

The oranje fans know how to show support, turning Snollebollekes into a viral sensation across Europe (even taking #1 on the German Spotify chart).

@snollebollekes Nondeju! 40.000 supporters voor Nederland veroorzaken een aardbeving in Hamburg, vlak voor de eerste wedstrijd van het Nederlands Elftal in Hamburg! #EKvoetbal #Euro2024 #POLNED ♬ Links Rechts – Snollebollekes

It’s a fun and social song that makes Dutchies grab their beers, grab their friends and start dancing and hollering the lyrics at the top of their lungs. 

Carnival in the Netherlands usually runs around late February to early March but some festivities may happen before or after those weeks!

Why do they do it?

Carnival is a time when Dutchies can let loose, have fun by dressing up, go out with their friends, and simply enjoy drinking and dancing the night away with no stress and no worries. 🕺

READ MORE | Ready for the Dutch Carnival? Here are some fun facts and words to know! 

Links Rechts is a rite of passage that is played every single year multiple times.

Got beer? Seeing Dutchies dance to this song when they’re drunk is a sight you don’t want to miss during Carnival. 

Why is it quirky? 

Links Rechts is anything but ordinary, just like true Dutchies. 😜

This song makes Dutchies come together and show their true love for their country. If you ask any Dutch people if they know this song, most likely the answer is: ‘tuurlijk

But since it’s been such a hit at the 2024 European Champs held in Germany, there’s actually talk of releasing a German version… 👀

Should you join in? 

Want to be truly integrated into Dutch culture? Singing and dancing to this song will make that happen. 

So, grab yourself a beer (or more), wear your most silly costume, and leave your troubles behind during Carnival this year.

Soon, this song will be stuck in your head for days (we guarantee it). 

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

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Francesca Burbano
Francesca Burbanohttps://burbanofrancesca.journoportfolio.com
Francesca is an international at heart but moved to the Netherlands to get her degree in media and communication. While she's not a big fan of the cold weather and biking (for good reason — she's been hit by bikes three times already), she fell in love with the canals, bitterballen, and the 'gezelligheid' of Dutch culture. When she's not writing, you'll find her reading thriller books, hitting her personal records at the gym, and cuddling up with her Ragdoll cat.


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